Ageing well and staying in good health isn’t just genetics and good luck. You’d be surprised how much of it is within your control. From the food you eat, to how active you are, if you make smart choices (and wear sunscreen!) you will age well and vastly improve your chances of staying healthy and beating illness.
According to numerous studies, the smartest choice you can make is to exercise. And the great news is you can start at any age.
It’s easy to get to 65 (or even 45?) and think ‘right, that’s it, time for my slippers and the sofa’. But that’s a fatal error (literally). Although you won’t be as active as you were – some loss of stamina and strength is inevitable as you age – stopping completely will increase your risk of premature death.
Why? Too much inactivity is a serious health risk. In fact, one 2018 study showed lack of exercise may be worse for you than smoking.
But as bad as physical inactivity is for ageing, choosing to Hussle is always an effective remedy. At any age, any time, anywhere.
So why does exercise help you age well?
Your vital organs are healthier when you work them hard. One study showed that people in their 70s who exercised regularly had the equivalent lungs and heart of people 30 years younger.
If you want the scientific details, it all comes down to your telemores. These ‘caps’ at the end of your chromosomes tend to shorten as we age. Research shows that people who exercise regularly have longer telemores, making them ‘biologically’ younger than sedentary people.
So the choice of how well you age may well be down to how often you choose to Hussle. How active you are every day. And how much you can avoid sitting on the sofa bingewatching the latest Netflix series!
Make the smart choice. Hussle regularly and enjoy it. Then life outside the gym will become easier and more enjoyable too.
My grandad is in his 80s and he is so fit. But he has been all his life so didn't start late. I doubt he's even heard of telemores, he just does it because he enjoys it. Lesson for all of us to age well there.
Wow, not exercising could be as bad for you as smoking. That's a serious wake up call. But I'm not surprised. I feel rubbish if I don't exercise so can't imagine what you'd feel like if you smoke and don't exercise either.
I really agree with don't ever stop. I find in my early 40s that if I do stop for any reason (business, illness) then it's really hard to get going again. Just keep it going as much as you can as a routine, and don't stop if you don't have to!
they say that your kids keep you young - not entirely sure I agree with that at the moment... But a big thing for me is to make sure I set an example to them by exercising as a matter of course. I want every chance of seeing their children.
you see 90 year olds doing marathons so there must be hope for all of us. I think a lot of it is down to good genes, and that's a matter of luck, but there's certainly stuff we can do to tip the odds.
I'm only in my 20s and I'll be honest, can't imagine being forty or more! But I want to be and I want to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Time to get off the couch!
I am only in my 40s but intend to keep up exercising for the rest of my life. There's so many proven benefits, and makes me feel younger even if I don't know what's going on inside!
One of the main motivations for me to workout regularly is to stay as youthful as possible. It's great to have reminders of what a big difference exercise can make. Even if I'll never see my 'teleomores' it's good to know my workouts are keeping them long!