THE SECRETS TO YOUTHFULL LOOKS EVADE US , SIMPLY BECAUSE WE TRY TOO MUCH AND FORGET THE SIMPLE AND OBVIOUS THINGS WE NEED TO DO TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS.
WE CAN NOW STAY YOUNGER LONGER ,IF WE JUST FOLLOW A FEW RULES AND HELPFULL TIPS,AND WHY NOT MAKE THE EFFORT ? AFTER ALL DUE TO BREAKTHROUGH IN MEDICAL SCIENCE WE ARE LIVING LONGER AND LONGER, AND WE DESERVE IT.
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The following sections will deal with the more practical ways to staying looking younger for longer , we will examine what the experts have to say and follow some of their geat ideas.
Dr. Miriam Nelson, a nutritionist from Tufts University in Boston, MA, says the most important thing a woman can do to age successfully is build strength.........
"What we've found is that when you're physically strong, you're emotionally strong and ready to take on life's challenges."
Positive Body Image Starting in our mid-thirties, women lose 1/3 of a pound of muscle every year and become more prone to weight gain. Aerobic workouts strengthen the heart, but muscles shape your body.
Strengthening exercises dramatically improve body image and self-confidence. Coping with Stress.
Dr. Nelson says women who build body strength also improve their mental health. Stress can trigger physical injuries. Dr. Nelson says if you have body strength, you will be more resilient to coping with stress and physical strain.
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In a study of 50-70-year old women who did strength exercises 2 times a week for one year, Dr. Nelson found encouraging results. Each woman gained an average of 3 pounds of muscle, lost 3 pounds of body fat, gained bone density at the hip and spine, gained balance and confidence and lost dress sizes. One woman loved her new body so much that she tried surfing!
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CAUSE AND EFFECT - THE RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED TO ACHIEVE OUR PERSONAL GOALS
Wendell Petersen, 61, stopped running long distances after he suffered a herniated disk. Marti Devore, 53, abandoned stair climbers and treadmills when she aggravated an old hip injury. Marilyn Franzen, 52, gave up racquetball and triathlons after three knee operations. As Petersen, Devore, Franzen and any other middle-aged fitness buff can tell you, the older you get, the more you have to deal with creaky and painful joints.
But the benefits of exercise--from lower blood pressure to improved mood--are just too great to pass up. So most people who want to remain active eventually learn to accommodate their aging bodies by changing sports or exercise routines.There are, however, a few rules of thumb to keep in mind. Recent studies have taught exercise physiologists a lot about what combinations of physical activities work best at different ages. But the same physiologists also warn that you shouldn't get so hung up on the new advice that you abandon your old routines.
"Anything is better than nothing,"............. says Wendy Kohrt, a professor of medicine at the Center on Aging at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
"Whatever you will do to remain physically active is what I suggest you do."............... Like most experts, Kohrt divides fitness activities into three broad categories.
At the top of the list is cardiovascular exercise--anything that makes the heart beat faster.
.........."No matter what your age--unless you have a truly unstable condition--getting your heart rate up several times a week is really important,"...............
says Miriam Nelson, an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University................ "That trumps everything."
The other two major types of activity--strength training and stability (or balance) exercises--come into greater play as you get older. You don't necessarily have to do separate exercises for each category, especially when you're young. Indeed, some of the best physical routines--like Tai Chi or rock climbing--combine two or more approaches. But expect to change the mix as you move through the decades of your life.
TWENTIES. At this age, you should regularly be doing some moderate and some vigorous exercise. Basically, you want to break a sweat at least three times a week for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Don't slack off the other days of the week. Go for a walk, climb the stairsanything to elevate your heart rate a bit. Plan to do muscle-strengthening exercises at least twice a week. You can probably get away with fewer exercises that target your trunk muscles or stretch your tendons and ligaments, but avoid the temptation to ignore these altogether. Your natural sense of balance--which depends on muscles as well as nerves--begins to fade earlier than you might think, at about age 16.
THIRTIES AND FORTIES. At this point, you need to start getting more systematic about your physical routine. Grace and bursts of speed don't come quite as naturally as they once did. Women in particular need to focus on strength training--two to three times a week--in order to build muscle mass and preserve bone, which otherwise begins to get thinner. Make aerobic activity a daily routine, and if you haven't already, be sure to include stretching, flexibility and balance exercises in your regimen. This is the time when many runners, soccer players and racquetball enthusiasts start the switch to biking, rowing, figure skating or cross-country skiing.
FIFTIES AND SIXTIES. What you do now starts to depend more on your risk factors. Cardiovascular disease is still the biggest threat so keep that heart rate up. Maintaining your weight takes more work. "It becomes more important to do exercises that address your strength and flexibility and balance as well as cardiovascular [requirements]," says Roseann Lyle, a professor of health promotion at Purdue University. She is particularly fond of resistance bands and stability balls.
SEVENTIES AND BEYOND. "The 70s are different than they used to be," says Nelson. "There is no reason not to do aerobics or strength training [at that age]." The greatest benefit often occurs in those who are frail (see box) or suffer from such conditions as emphysema, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and arthritis. As you might expect, flexibility and balance training are more important than ever. And it appears that seniors are starting to heed the advice they're getting to keep moving. According to surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of sedentary men age 70 and older has dropped over the past 15 years from 40% to 30%, while the number of sedentary women 70 years and older has fallen from nearly 50% to 40%.Whatever your age, spice up your routines with variety, both to keep from getting bored and to avoid injury. "If you get tired of running, go swim," says Michael Dawdy, a trainer at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center in Dallas. "If you get tired of swimming, get on the cycle." Change sports with the seasons--and make time to enjoy life. "When I turned 50, I made a list of 50 things that I wanted to accomplish," says Franzen, the former triathlete. "There were some sports things, like rowing and trying to snowboard. But there were other things, like learning to play drums and travel. I exercise much less than I used to, and I'm still in great health, so I have no complaints." That's a goal to which we can all aspire. --With reporting by Sarah Sturmon Dale/ Minneapolis, Jeanne McDowell/Los Angeles and Adam Pitluk/Dallas
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