GETTING OLD IS NOT FOR SISSIES
The journey to keep your health in later years is not a simple exercise.
Aunt Ena, who lived an active life into her 90’s, always stated…
“Getting older is not for sissies”.
Jack Lalanne, the US fitness guru stated…
“Dying is easy, living is an athletic event”.
When one looks at the disabilities, illness, and degeneration issues that potentially await us in our latter years, Aunt Ena and Jack could not be more on point about our trip into old age.
OUR INCREASED LONGEVITY
THE GOOD AND THE BAD NEWS
We start ageing the moment we are born – If you are alive, you are ageing – you cannot avoid it.
To understand ageing, we have to understand what impacts on our ageing process.
We all age differently. We are individuals, therefore in our life time, even if we treat out bodies like temples, we will still have to deal with some of these known ageing processes. If you have not looked after yourself then you will accelerate some of these processes and age prematurely.
The good news…
Men born in 1948 had a life span of 69 years.
Today those same men have a lifespan of 82 years.
Science has extended longevity for both men and women, as well as our own concern for long-term wellbeing.
The bad news…
Yes, we are living longer, but the scary aspect is that we are not living significantly longer in good health. Most of that increased time is living with a disability.
Frankly, this is a disturbing fact. To eliminate or delay this fact, rejuvenation. should be a significant motivator for all of us.
There are several factors that have an impact on your biological age. They are:
- Environments you have lived in
- Life styles you have chosen over the years
- Heredity you are given
- Nutrition and
- Activity levels you have undertaken.
Your biological age is measured by the impact that these factors have had on your body either increasing or decreasing your biological age in relation to your chronological age.