For all the potions, lotions and other anti-aging products women (especially) use to slow or feel better about the speed of aging, I want to share that the number one, without-a-doubt way to control how we age is by leading a consistently active lifestyle.
While a regular walking habit offers many health benefits, we know that it really isn't enough.
To be in good balance, we must pay attention to the four 'pillars' of sound physical fitness:
Balance, Strength, Flexibility, & Cardio
Most women tend to focus more on cardio fitness to the detriment of the other pillars and here's a reason not to: When you are strong and fit, you age tremendously better.
With strength, you can better maintain your metabolism and body composition as you age. When you're not actively working to maintain it, your strength naturally diminishes along with your metabolism which will slow 1% per year or 10% per decade after the age of 35.
Check out this insightful summary from the book Younger Next Year, by Dr. Henry Lodge and Chris Crowly for a look at how strength training slows the aging process and keeps you fit well into your later decades.
Note: Please don't confuse the term 'strength training' with bodybuilding or anything close to that. You needn't ever step foot in a gym or lift heavy weights to maintain your strength. Simply using your body weight at home on the floor, when done properly and consistently, can be sufficient. Think planks, squats, lunges, push-ups, etc.
My challenge for you
Select one fitness pillar this week you can focus on paying greater attention to for rounding out your wellness.
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer