Bet that got your attention 😉
But is there any truth to my question, can exercise help us to look, feel and act younger?
I believe the answer is yes, as long as it is combined with a healthy diet and plenty of sleep!
I was standing up all day at work yesterday (I’m a teacher) and I noticed I was getting a bit of an achy back. I found myself wondering if a) I needed to do some more stretching and b) it would be worse if I wasn’t as active as I am?
I am in my mid forties and am always told that I look at least 10-15 years younger than I am (best compliment in the world!), I put this down to my lifestyle, even though I know I could do more for myself (and I intend to)!
The narrative for a lot of women tends to be exercise = weight loss and I think that’s a real shame. I am blessed with a core group of female students who understand that there is more to exercise than weight loss, especially the social and mental health side of things.
I study regularly as I am a tutor and assessor (and addicted to studying according to quite a few of my friends!) and I love deep diving into different aspect of health and well-being.
I’m currently studying for my Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes and some of the information is quite alarming when it comes to the impact on our health long term.
I wonder if more people knew the implications of what we are doing to our bodies (we quite often treat our cars better), would they change their bad habits or make the effort to exercise more?
The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to find a type of exercise you love, ideally find someone who you can do it with (or a group of likeminded individuals who will welcome you with open arms) and to add a variety of fruit, vegetables and good protein sources to your diet.
The process is simple, but it’s not easy – Finding the motivation to do this can be hard which is why you need to make sure you have support, from your friends, family or find a group that want to achieve the same things that you do.
I want to live long enough to run round after my grandchildren, without risking an injury! I want to have the minimum of aches and pains, not just put them down to growing old and I want to feel good, inside and out so when I’m in my 60s, people think I’m in my 40s!
What do you think?
Is exercise just a weight loss tool for you or do you want to live a longer, healthy life?