Ever since I started to see clients on 1-to-1 consultations or group consultations in the Weight Loss Challenges (WLC) that I ran, I tried to emphasize that the aim should be a healthier life and a healthier body, not a lower figure on the scales. I have always wondered how successful I have been in getting that message across though. With the biological vs. chronological age comparison, I feel that I get better attention. When I tell a client in her 40s that she lives in a body whose biological age is 60, I feel the effect of the statement. And when we work together on reducing her biological age to the 30s, I can see the enormous satisfaction that achievement makes! If you feel signs of aging like getting out of breath and you would like to reverse them, continue reading! If extending your life-span by adding more healthily lived years to your life, you will find this article interesting!
If you would like a younger body, continue reading!
The current world we live in expects youth and assumes that we do not age. There is a cheap, easy and a safe way to stay young and that is by exercise. Researchers have stated that by being physically active you could reduce your biological age by anything from 10 to 20 years. Physically active 60 and 70 year olds were found to have the same cardiopulmonary fitness as sedentary 20 year olds. Those active elders were found to be twice as fit as sedentary people of the same age. And what makes this so appealing is how little exercise it takes to realize the benefits. A recreational one hour a day was all it took.
Adding healthy years to your life span
Being biologically younger also means that you may live longer. This is backed up by research which showed that subjects who burnt 2,000 calories a week (this is equivalent to running or walking 3 miles a day) were up to a third lower than sedentary counterparts. Using innovative analysis of computer data led researchers to conclude that a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise starting at the age of 30, may potentially add 15 years to life expectancy. Another study showed that when subjects were asked to stay in bed for 3 weeks their aerobic capacity aged by the equivalent of 20 years. Exercising however needs to be regular with a frequency of at least 3 times a week. Such a commitment will make you feel younger, work harder and enjoy life more. Research has demonstrated that aerobic exercises such as swimming, running, cycling and walking are the most effective anti-ageing weapons. This is because of their demand for more oxygen which fuels the body cells and allows them to perform at their best. It will also allow you to think and move faster.
The anti-aging effects of exercise may be enhanced by other healthy lifestyle changes such as making wise nutrition choices. As we age we lose lean muscle and to rebuild it we need both exercise and nutrition. For exercise to be effective, you need to re-generate your body cells, repair the damaged ones and feed the healthy ones to keep them healthy. All of this should be done at the cellular level and can be achieved by cellular nutrition. Furthermore, there are medical indicators for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol that have a tendency to deteriorate as we age. Reversing such a tendency which effectively means turning the clock back will require a nutritional intervention. Medical advice is paramount in these cases and I can work with you on monitoring progress. As we age, our bodies create higher levels of homocysteine. These raised levels can significantly increase vulnerability to cardiovascular disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. Again, to reverse this particular ageing effect we need a diet rich in Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and folic acid. Also, when cells age their telomeres shorten, to reverse this ageing effect a diet rich in Omega-3 is needed. Cooking choices such as types of cooking oil and cooking methods can dramatically improve the nutritional value of your meal. All of these choices and many more are covered in the various topics of the WLC that I run.
Physical activity beats aging and will make you feel younger. It will also add years of quality living to your life. So make it part of your life and learn to enjoy it for the good it will do you. With that you need to make healthy nutrition choices to enhance the benefits of physical activity for a younger looking body and spirit.
Actions available to you.
If you are not active yet, my advice to you is to start now and start slow. Do not let the lifestyle change daunt you. Start with a weekly brisk walk then slowly increase the frequency to daily. It is an effective start that will give you anti-aging benefits and put you in a good condition for more rigorous activities such as swimming and running. Join one of my Younger Body Age Challenges this September and join my Fit Club for a healthier younger you!
I have a new challenge starting on 10th September
So why don’t you join my 6 week Reduce Your Body Age challenge to Turn Your Body Clock Back and Look and Feel Younger. This challenge is designed to help you shed some of your chronological body age and get you to feel younger biologically. Take the first step to Fight Body Aging and Lose Weight by joining the Body Age Challenge. You can Fight Your Body Aging simply by feeding your cells and keeping them young. We will work on your Metabolic Age, which reflects your Physical Health, for example you could be 35 but your metabolic age is 75. The only way to do that is by a Healthy Nutrition Program and a Suitable Fitness Program that I will tailor make to fit your needs and help your body resist ageing. The 6 week course costs just £39!
The next Younger Body Challenges start on:
Saturday 9th November at 10.30 am
Only £39 for the 6 week course
Courses are run at the Nutrition & Wellness Centre, London Road BA1 6AD.
The course covers topics such as:
What you will get?
- A warm, supportive environment
- FREE One-to-one session for 1 hour and 30 minutes at the start of the challenge to record all your stats and to set your personal goals (normally £45)
- Wellness evaluation with all your measurements (height, weight, fat%, muscle%, water%, metabolic age, BMI, resting metabolic rate)
- Free weekly fitness sessions (group)
- Weekly group sessions discussing the topics above
- Free healthy snacks in class to enjoy
- Delicious healthy recipes and diet plans
- Weekly measurements and prize for the biggest loser
- Individual support – I am at the end of the phone and encourage my clients to contact me for advice – day and night (within reason)
- Folder containing all the literature and hand-outs
- Your before and after photos
Where and when do the challenges take place?
Courses are run at the Bath Nutrition & Wellness Centre, London Rd, Bath BA1 6AD.
To book your place and for more info, please contact the Bath Nutrition & Wellness Centre on 01225 571 361.