The human body is a wonderful thing. Like a computer, it has processes, multitasking to keep you healthy and alive each day. Various systems are working 24 hours within, underneath your skin. But, just like a computer, it has it is acquiring its weaknesses as time pass by. Our organs start to wear out as our body systems do their own processes in a much slower pace.
We’re all familiar with the telltale signs of aging: grey hairs, aching joints, deteriorating vision, and a crappy memory just to name a few. But, aside from this signs we can easily tell, our bodies experience degeneration from our cells, to our organs and then our systems.
From mid-30s to the late 50s, our bodies experience series of natural phenomena that gradually change our lifestyle and overall way of life. At about the age of 35, our bodies start to lose lean tissue. The human body is made up of fat, bones, fluid and lean tissue—these are our muscles and organs. Our main organs such as our liver, kidney and muscles lose some of their cells, a process called atrophy.
Our bones too, having reached the peak of its density, will start to lose some minerals. Majority of middle-aged women experience osteopenia and in later stages osteoporosis, because of the amount of calcium they lose during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Both men and women can experience Occasional neck or back ache on waking; back stiffness after driving for more than two hours; some aching in the legs after walking for 30 minutes to an hour; needing to move around after an hour of sitting on a hard chair during this age.
“Having any one of these symptoms is a sign your joints or back are suffering early signs of degenerative change,” says Tim Allardyce of the British Osteopathic Association. “This may be through injury or a sedentary lifestyle. Poor posture is a contributing factor.
Women also start experiencing menopausal symptoms by this age, meaning their ovaries are slowly ceasing in producing the estrogen hormones and cause some hormonal imbalance. The decline in the estrogen levels signal the increase of production of cortisol and insulin, which greatly contribute to fat and weight gain. The distribution of body fat shifts from subcutaneous (under the skin, evenly over the body) to visceral (around the internal organs), which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Some cases of menopausal weight gain lead to obesity.
These scary facts should not be the reason why you should prioritize your health and invest in your fitness today. Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age. Your lifestyle choices affect how quickly the aging process takes place. To take good care of your health, do the following expert-recommended tips as much as possible, as early as possible:
- Exercise regularly.
Of course, you hear it every time because it is true. Some exercises even claim that they prevent aging! Doing simple routines at home or at work every day can make the biggest differences today and in the long run.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
The stage when you ate healthy to achieve a summer-ready body is now over. Now, you need to eat a balanced diet for your health, above anything else. Try to consume as much vegetables and fruits. Always replenish your water by drinking more than 8 glasses of agua per day. Do away from eating too much processed and junk food.
- Limit your alcohol consumption, avoid tobacco products and illicit drugs.
Simply put, get rid of your vices you had back when you are younger. The only vice you should be addicted by this time is staying healthy for your career, your family and yourself.