If you don’t move, it will shrink
As we age, we lose muscle. Resistance training, bodyweight training, and adequate protein intake can help stop this progression. Stopping movement accelerates the aging process. And to keep your mind active, you have to be active.
Mix up your exercise
Stretch, lift weights, play golf, or clean the house. You need 20 minutes of both muscle-strengthening and aerobic exercise a day. The harder you breathe, the more oxygen gets into your bloodstream and the faster you burn fat. Scientists have discovered that after a few weeks of exercise, brain neurons (special cells that perform all the functions necessary to sustain life and help improve thinking and memory) all increase.
Tighten your waist
Fat is like a river, flowing to areas of the body where there is less resistance. The less fat you have to carry around, the more energy you get. Every additional pound of weight puts unnecessary strain on your heart.
Don’t be bored. Or boring!
Find a hobby. There’s always something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to. People do not die of old age, but of neglect and inactivity.
eat food in its natural state
And avoid processed foods as much as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables keep your internal plumbing working. Avoid gravy and dressings on the table. Remove the skin from fish or chicken.
don’t go on a diet
Diet fads often come and go, and then come back again. However, the basics of physical fitness remain the same. It’s about eating right and not doing the wrong things. The moment you put something in your mouth, ask yourself: Will it help my health? Or make it heavier? ”
I was 27 years old when I met Jack and started getting interested in exercise. At 27, I thought I was already old. And now I’m young.
When Jack swam to Alcatraz, handcuffed and towing a 1,000-pound boat, to celebrate his 60th birthday, he said: “I can always see myself coming out of the water.”
Patience wins the race
Research shows that when older adults exercise regularly, it can reduce the time it takes for wounds to heal by 25%. 25 years ago I tore all the tendons in my left knee and the patella fell into my foot, but I rehabilitated it. Many people give up because of the pain, but I was determined to get back into fitness.
Give a reward once in a while
Treat your medical account like a bank account. You should earn the right to enjoy the occasional cocktail or dessert. When he turned 80, I said to Jack: He said, “I’ve been good all these years, but if you want to throw a birthday party for someone and give me a cake, I’ll give it to you.” “Everything in moderation. It’s not what you do sometimes that matters, it’s what you do most of the time.” I also drink a glass of wine every night.
don’t ignore sleep
I have a lot of energy. I used to go back and forth, but now I’m observing myself. We will take a 15 minute break in the afternoon.
spend time surrounded by young people
When Jack’s friends were dying, Jack said, “I have to find young friends.” That’s why I think young and act young.
Don’t waste your time on regrets
Focus on the good decisions you made, not the bad ones. Or record your negative thoughts (“I hate my thighs”) every day and replace them with positive thoughts.
your body is your most valuable asset
You are my priority. Wouldn’t it be wise to invest 8 minutes out of your 1,440 minutes in your day?
“If you want to live, move!” Putting the Boom Back to Boomers’ by Elaine Lallan and Jamie Brenkus (£12.29, Independent).Pride and Discipline: The Legacy of Jack LaLanne by Elaine LaLanne and Greg Justice (£16.99, Greg Justice) are both on sale now