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Am I too old to go to the gym?

Sadly, it seems that many people feel that they are too old to go to the gym. The evidence is that as you get older you need to go to the gym more.  After age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% muscle per decade, if you don’t do weight-bearing exercises. Less muscle means greater weakness and less mobility, both of which may increase your risk of falls and fractures.

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Why do I put on weight as I get older?

As people get older, they often put on weight. They assume this is a normal, natural state of affairs. They know that their metabolism slows as they get older. They know that’s why they are putting on weight. Yet for many people claiming a slower metabolism is an excuse for piling on the pounds. Does metabolism slow with age? Metabolism does slow, but not by the huge amount that many people think. Researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center (USA) studied how metabolism changes with age. Four Pennington Biomedical researchers were part of an international team of scientists who analyzed the average calories burned by more than 6,600 people as they went about their daily lives. The participants’ ages ranged from one week old to 95 years, and they lived in 29 different countries. They found that our metabolisms don’t really start to decline again until after age 60. The slowdown is gradual, only 0.7 percent a year. But a person in their 90s needs 26 percent fewer calories each day than someone in midlife. Lost …

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Fit and happy old age

Someone recently messages me via Instagram and said: i would like to know more about the hassles that most of people at your age have to stay fit Maam.. and what’s the  tricks n tips to at least to be like you. (I post gym videos, vegan food and health tips on Instagram.) Here is my answer: A lot of it is about attitude – not believing that you have to get weaker. Sadly much of what we see and hear is about how bad things get as you get older. You get all these ailments. Your body starts to disintegrate. Your mind starts to lose its grip on life. You’re afraid of falling, so you are reluctant to go anywhere. Your attitude should be that these things don’t have to happen to me. I can make a choice. Part of that choice is about choosing to eat well. The evidence shows conclusively that we can avoid many of the pitfalls of old age if we eat a plant-based diet. Check out Dr Greger’s healthkit …

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How to avoid your health getting worse when you get older

Today I got this message from an old friend that I haven’t seen for a long time. She was asking me for advice. As she is getting older, her health is deteriorating. This is what she said: Hi Jane, loving your videos [gym videos on Instagram] and blogs, you really are an inspiration, well done, clever lady! Wish I had listened more to you when we were younger ha ha. My life style is now coming back to bite me on the bum, as it does. This year I have had liver problems, probably fatty, surprise, surprise. After ultrasounds I was diagnosed with gallstones. Then this week I was diagnosed with COPD!!! I also have too much iron. Can you recommend anything for lowering it, can’t tolerate Turmeric, which I tried. Am taking apple cider vinegar for liver/gallstones. keep up the good work! This was my reply: Really sad to hear this. Given all you’ve got going on, I don’t think adding some individual foods or supplements is going to shift your health significantly.  You …

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How to improve your memory whatever your age

Many of us feel that our memory is not as good as it should be.Worrying about your memory is common as you get older, but people often get it out of proportion. Stuart Zola, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory School of Medicine and director of Yerkes National Primate Facility in Atlanta says Experts say that mild memory loss is perfectly normal — especially as we age. “If we have forgotten an appointment, we begin thinking, ‘Uh oh, is this the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease?’ and we become much more conscious, and it gets kind of a disproportionate amount of attention when it really may be something quite benign.” via Is Your Memory Normal? – WebMD When you’re younger, you may have forgotten where you put your keys or found that you can’t remember someone’s name, but it isn’t seen as significant. Once I was out with a friend on a bike ride, she saw someone she knew, so we stopped. She spent some time talking to him, without introducing …

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How to stop feeling invisible

According to an article in the New York Times “70 and Female Is the New Cool. The article features images of Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Close, Maxine Waters and Susan Zirinsky (CBS News COE), all energetic and powerful women in their own right. They have a presence in the media, which means they are listened to and written about. Many older women say they feel invisible, that people ignore them. They don’t necessarily want to be in the limelight like these great women, but they do want to be seen, listened to and respected. Some of this is down to magazines and newspapers that often talk about older people as a problem rather than a resource, but it’s also the responsibility of women of our age to go out and engage with people, if that’s what we want. Is it surprising that a 25-year-old in the gym doesn’t start conversation with a 70-year-old fit woman? His experience of older women is mainly his mum and grandmum. He just doesn’t know how to talk to older women. …

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Getting fitter getting older

Can you get fitter as you get older? I’m 71 now (April 2019) and there’s lots of things I can do now that I couldn’t do as a child or even as a young adult. For example, I can touch my toes. I can stand on one leg for quite a while. I can run for 20 minutes without getting puffed out. These are things I couldn’t do when I was small. I was a child who thought and read, not a child who ran. Enjoying weight lifting In my sixties I started going to the gym. I started to enjoy lifting weights and getting strong. As part of that I can now touch my toes and stand on one leg. As a child I was often frightened of slipping or falling on uneven surfaces. Now I’m usually not. What’s changed? Again it’s that gym, getting stronger legs and a stronger core. So if you’re in your fifties or even your sixties, or even like me in your 70’s, don’t believe it’s all downhill. Don’t …

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