According to organisations such as the World Health Organisation, Age Concern and other sports and recreation institutions, an older person is described as someone over the age of 50.
But it’s more than just that stark figure, as the chronological age of a person does not take into account such things as health and fitness, which can have a major impact on the true biological ‘age’ of a person’s body.
With many people living longer, it is now more important than ever that we take action to ensure we maintain our health and well-being, mainly through regular physical exercise and healthy eating.
According to the most recent medical advice, it is recommended that an adult should take exercise (moderate physical activity of 30 – 60 minutes), at least five times per week.
By increasing the weekly activity levels, anyone can get the following benefits:
- Increased Muscle Strength and Flexibility
- Reduced risk of falls by improving balance and co-ordination.
- Reduced stress and feelings of anxiety
- Reduced risk of depression
- Increased feeling of well-being, mood and self esteem
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis.
- Experience better sleep – both in terms of quality and quantity
How to beat the signs of ageing:
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Stroke is another of the signs of ageing and is caused when blood supply to the brain is reduced or disrupted. The supply of blood to the brain is vital to ensure that enough oxygen is given to your brain cells to work and survive.
The most common cause of stroke is when a blockage forms in a blood vessel, which limits the flow of blood to a part of the brain.
Some strokes are caused by a weakening of blood vessels in the brain that burst and cause bleeding into the brain.
Certain factors increase the likelihood of a stroke, such as Age, Gender and Family History of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. These factors are impossible to change, but there are a number of factors that greatly increase the risk of stroke, which you can control. These factors include Smoking, Excessive Drinking, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Physical Inactivity and High Blood Cholesterol.
Increasing your physical activity can help to reduce the risk of stroke. Even if you have already suffered a stroke, or a Transient Ischaemic Attack (ITA, also known as a mini-stroke), you can still make a difference. The type of Physical Activity you should take does not have to be strenuous in order to be of benefit – especially if you are already experiencing difficulty with basic daily tasks such as washing and dressing yourself. Any physical activity will help you, such as specific exercises given to you by a physiotherapist, or walking more.
By joining one of the Fun With Fitness classes, you will experience:
- Improvements in muscle strength
- Prevention of stiffness in joints and muscles – often a factor that prevents or delays recovery
- An improvement in your mood
- An increased feeling of self-sufficiency and reduced feeling of helplessness
- Improved balance
- Increased mobility and sensation in your limbs
- An increase in personal energy and reduction in overall tiredness.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is known to be the most common degenerative joint condition in the UK, affecting 2-3% of the population (and over 80% of those over 50!). OsteoArthritis causes degeneration in joints by degrading articular cartilage, synovial membranes and the bone next to the cartilage.
Sufferers of OsteoArthritis usually need to amend their nutritional intake to treat the illness, but if you don’t have it, you can still take these steps to reduce the likelihood of onset of the condition.
Nutrition therapy helps to return the body back to a healthy balance, playing a vital role in any OA treatment programme, along with exercise, collagen-building supplements and anti-inflammatory foods and herbs.
As with all of the Signs of Ageing, it is imperative that you seek a diagnosis from a medically trained doctor. Once you have been diagnosed, you should begin by eating a healthy, joint-preserving diet, take regular, sensible amounts of exercise, take supplements such as glucosamine and chrondroitin sulphate to help repair damaged joints, work to return your body to, or maintain, an “ideal body weight” and overall, take a more active control of your physical wellbeing.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is an increasingly common disease in the UK. It is caused when your body is unable to use insulin effectively and your body cannot control the amount of glucose (blood sugar) in your body. Insulin is a naturally-produced hormone in your body that helps your cells convert glucose into a form of energy that your body can use.
Exercise is one of the best forms of prevention and treatment for Type 2 Diabetes. The top 10 benefits of regular exercise are:
- Lowers blood sugar and insulin levels
- Increases Lean (Muscle) body mass and reduces body fat
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases Aerobic Fitness
- Increases muscle strength
- Lowers “at rest” and exercising heart rate
- Improves Heart Function
- Raises your “good” cholesterol – HDL
- Lowers trigylcerides
- Often reduces your “bad” cholesterol – LDL – levels, especially when exercise accompanies reduced overall body weight.
Some of the information in this page are taken from articles and ideas gathered from Sportexpublications. If you wish to reduce the signs of ageing, then contact Belinda. Belinda is a fully-trained Sports Scientist with access to the best and most recent research in the UK. An NHS Cardiac Rehabilitation specialist, who now refers her clients to Belinda’s seated aerobic sessions, has assessed Belinda’s classes.