At my age these kinds of exercises are dangerous”, „If you were at my age, you wouldn't bother with diets either...”- you can hear that kind of comments every single day. What is most surprising - that’s not something you hear from a person who is actually old, but from the lazy and discouraged 30- and 40-year-olds. And, indeed, speaking from a physiological point of view, your body is already at it’s peak, and while you are still young, it starts displaying first signs of the old age. However, you absolutely cannot just say you're old the moment you notice the first wrinkle! Do you want to know what the signs of aging are? Read on, then
The first signs of getting up in years
As time passes, the human body changes. The first signs, the easiest ones to notice are the wrinkles. But since they point to the fact that your “youth” is ending, they’re the hardest to come to terms with. Of course, there’s also the tendency to put on extra weight, balding (the bane of men), lower skin elasticity, noticeably shorter breath and – often as a result of all of the above - less passion for a party and more for sleeping at least 6 hours a day. In addition, one can certainly notice rigidity/joint pain and loss of muscle tissue.
The speed of aging (physically speaking) is a highly individual thing - some people, even in their silver years -look five, ten or even fifteen years younger than their peers. Quality of lifestyle and genetic predispositions have the biggest influence on those changes. Stimulants, unhealthy food, physical activity(or lack of it), stress, permanent fatigue, the type of work you do - all leave their marks on our appearance.
Aging - the symptoms
Aging itself is a natural process, closely associated with your body’s age, consistently lowering it's performance. You can notice a decrease in both physical (muscle weakness/loss, osteoporosis, increased risk of bone fractures) and mental (problems with concentration, memory) condition. The body is more susceptible to disease, weaker. Aging also makes it more likely for you to need regular medical assistance.
Amongst the seniors, nearing 65 years of age, conditions such as as high blood pressure, diabetes, hormonal disorders, dementia, Alzheimer's and osteoporosis often occur. Bone fragility greatly affects the comfort of life (both in its physical and emotional aspects). The need to reduce motor activity (due to a higher risk of fracture), or even complete immobility, which aims to prevent falls and minimize instability of the body contribute to deepening frustration, discouragement and can often be the cause of growing dependence on other people.
Slowing down the process
To maintain good health as well as easing the age-related medical conditions, you should pay particular care to supplying your body with all the nutrients necessary for its proper functioning.
To maintain your fitness and wellbeing for as long as possible, you might want to take care of the physical activity, add some exercises to your daily list of “must do’s”. Strong muscles (to maintain them you might want to turn to strength exercises), fitness and coordination to ensure that the body will be stronger and less prone to injuries, and the older person will be more independent, and less reliant on the help of a third party.