Wearing glasses, hearing aids and dying one’s hair are effective methods of reversing the effects of aging, but the most effective thing we can do to reverse the aging process is to do regular strength training exercise. It is the most effective exercise in addressing the biomarkers that effect not only how young we look, but more importantly, how we young we feel. Our bodies undergo many changes that can be reversed by proper strength training:
There is confusion of about just how many calories are burned as a result of exercise and also about how much added muscle increases metabolism. The short answer is not much. Fat loss is primarily accomplished by eating less - not diet per se but by following a sensible eating plan you can stick to for the long haul, in other words for the rest of your life. Diets, as a rule, seldom work in the long run.
One of our clients recently gave birth, and we look forward to her return to exercise. It got me to thinking about all the pregnant mothers we have worked with over the years. In all instances we follow the doctor’s recommendations to the letter. If you are pregnant we recommend that you always consult a doctor to be cleared for exercise. We have found that there is a great disparity in what the different doctors will allow. Often times we will make adjustments to the range of motion or eliminate a certain exercise entirely. Most mothers have stopped exercising the last couple of weeks of the pregnancy, but one woman worked right up to the last week – exercised on a Thursday and delivered the following Monday.
This article Steps Prior to Pregnancy Can Protect Baby lists several useful tips for pregnant mothers. One of the tips:
“Exercise helps you maintain or lose weight and helps you manage stress. If you do get pregnant, talk to your doctor about the kinds of exercise that are safe to do during pregnancy.”
I was watching Brazil versus Columbia when Brazilian Soccer player Neymar went down. At first I thought, “Oh boy, more flopping”. When they were carrying him off the field I saw the pain he was in, and it did not surprise me to learn that Neymar broke a vertebra. I broke a vertebra in my back 40 years ago.
My recovery was pretty straight forward – rest, pain meds, and a brace. The most difficult for me was sleeping. Sleeping on the floor was my only relief from the pain. I slept on the floor for years after that.
Years later I developed back pain that stayed with me for the better part of two years. Nothing gave me relief. I did everything I could to relieve the pain – new bed, swimming, getting rid of my chair at work, no long trips in the car, and standing instead of sitting during the night school classes I was attending. Exercise seemed to make it worse.