Aging is a natural and inevitable process of life cycle, which cannot be prevented. However, it is possible to age gracefully by maintaining good health and lifestyle. There is growing evidence to show that whatever steps we take to improve our health can have a direct effect on how we appear on the outside. The process is inside-out.
Cosmetic surgical repairs and Botox are apparently the best tools available to people to hold back age – but that’s only on the outside.
The best way to begin is to stick to a healthy weight. It not only affects the way you look, but also the way you feel about your health and how well your body responds to everything.
Expanding mid-section is not just the only physical changes that come with age; loss of muscles and gravity also leads to that gradual drooping, which comes with age.
Strength training can help in fighting back that feeling.
By growing muscles, daily resistance training with weights like barbells, kettle bells, and dumb bells, helps in maintaining a perkier upper portion along with firmer and stronger arms and legs, flatter abs and overall sense of physical stability.
Posture movements and exercises included as a part of the training can also be beneficial for giving you a taller and upright appearance.
Good posture workouts like dead lifts target the lower abdominals, which is the most affected body part, and the back.
Good posture also keeps bones in their correct position, anatomically, thereby reducing joint problems that result from wear and tear.
Strength training has an effect on hormones, too, such as testosterone and human growth hormone, which lessen with age.
Studies have revealed that regular resistance training can raise the level of these vital hormones in males and females.
Both these hormones are quintessential for burning body fat efficiently and building muscles.
More muscles will promote mitochondria in the cells, which produce energy, and that will directly have an effect on our metabolic rate.
Higher metabolic rate prevents fat accumulation in the body.
Staying active also effects insulin sensitivity in the body, which is a bonus.
This clearly indicates that the body is not under pressure to produce loads of insulin than need, which is good.
When insulin circulation in the body is lesser than normal, there will lesser amount of the fat-storing hormone circulating in the body.
This prevents the risk of developing lifestyle conditions like obesity, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
Our food habit, research reveals that potentially harmful food compounds are produced during food manufacturing and cooking.
Though there’s least to be done about it, one can switch over to more fresh, organic and whole food.
Living on whole foods will reduce the accumulation of excess amount of harmful compounds, known as Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), which causes skin aging.
AGEs are naturally occur in the body, but at lower levels, as a result of higher blood glucose levels due to pre-diabetes or diabetes.
AGEs can be found in common foods, too, especially in fried, toasted, and baked foods. Foods containing animal fat are also a source.
Baked and crunchy processed foods contain a higher amount of AGEs and so does Coke, coffee and all foods that contain emulsifiers.
A better way of eating healthy is to keep the AGEs levels low in foods.
Mediterranean diet and Japanese food use cold processed fats or oil, simple style of cooking and fresh foods to maintain moisture levels.
These are healthier choices.