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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Today’s habits impact the rest of your life

  • I trust everyone will agree, as we age, taking care of our health, nutrition and being physically active becomes more important every day. Especially since our society is increasingly getting older due to the baby boomers.
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  • Hello, health and fitness enthusiasts.
    I trust everyone will agree, as we age, taking care of our health, nutrition and being physically active becomes more important every day. Especially since our society is increasingly getting older due to the baby boomers.
    Let’s look at a few statistics.
    In the year 2000, 13 percent of the population or 35 million people were age 65 and older.
    By the year 2030, that number is expected to double to 70 million people.
    That is a very large group of people, and directly or indirectly, will affect each of us in one way or another.
    In addition, it has been reported that nearly 90 percent of those people have at least one chronic health condition that could be improved or managed with good nutrition and physical activity.
    I firmly believe now is the time for people ages 30 and above to seriously look at their health status, take action on being more prepared for that crucial time in their lives, and make health a priority today and every day thereafter.
    Did you know that once adults pass their prime in their 20s, they start to lose an average of nearly a pound of lean body mass every year?
    What’s really scary is the fact that on average adults are also gaining an even higher rate of fat every year.
    That scenario results in significant and unhealthy weight gain over the years.
    Unfortunately, it happens so slowly that most people don’t take it seriously until they find themselves noticeably winded one day walking up a flight of stairs, playing vigorously with the kids, or even elevating their bodies off the couch.
    This gradual muscle loss and weight gain is a major epidemic that every breathing human must learn to master for an improved and active quality of life.
    It is also one of the main reasons elderly Americans have so much trouble performing daily living tasks, which can ultimately lead to loss of independence.
    Health and fitness enthusiasts, that’s where the rubber meets the road.
    We cannot stand by idle and just let that process happen to each of us without a fight.
    We must act now by including healthy lifestyle habits of good nutrition, vitamins, water, rest and exercise into our daily regimen.
    We must strive to maintain a quality of life that allows us to stay active, do the things we love physically within reason, and for every living day of our lives.
    The Surgeon General has issued a warning to all people, including older adults, that physical inactivity is a major health risk in our society.
    Page 2 of 2 - On that note, please remember that many strength problems Americans face as they age, don’t merely come from aging, but instead are due to inactivity as the years go by. Please believe that at the end of the day, this really translates into good news because it means this issue can be controlled by our actions.
    We actually can make a major difference in the status of our nutrition, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall health and endurance if we take a proactive approach to maintaining them every day.
    Please believe that no matter your age or health status, you can start feeding your body better and increasing your physical activity today.
    Strength training is a key component for maintaining your livelihood as you age.
    Much evidence suggests it is good for decreasing bone loss due to osteoporosis and may reduce your chances of falling, which many times results in fracturing hips.
    It has been estimated that 30 percent of the elderly who live independently fall, and unintentional injury, which often results from a fall, is the sixth leading cause of death among those over the age of 65.
    Falling is a major health risk in our society, and muscle weakness has been identified as one of its major risk factors.
    Once again, the good news is that despite a decrease in the number of muscle fibers and strength over the years, muscle function can be maintained or improved with training, no matter the age.
    Strength training helps minimize muscle loss, improves metabolic rate, improves bone density, increases muscle mass, helps your blood pressure, reduces body fat, reduces back pain, and may reduce arthritic pain, as well as a host of other health benefits.
    Endurance training can improve your cardiovascular functions and help reduce many risk factors for poor health.
    Balance improvement can help prevent you from falling, while flexibility training helps keep your body loose, by stretching the muscles and tissues that support your body’s structure.
    Please include activities for each of these areas in your training to help your quality of life stay at a level you can be proud of as you age.
    Until next week, please make it a nutritious and healthy day.
    To get started on healthy weight loss and nutrition products, stop by Reggie’s Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Shawnee, or call 405-613-0237.

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