Which came first?
Aging or Slowing Down?
3 Ways You May Be Making Yourself Old
Life is Movement
Anyone who has ever broken or bone, gone through a lengthy recovery or lost the use of their limbs knows that restriction of movement is a restriction of freedom that can reduce your quality of life.
Aging Well Is Possible!
Slowing down as we age, aches and pains and loss of vitality seem to be ‘par for the course’ and unavoidable. We are told ‘it’s just age’ and ‘you have to learn to live with it. What most people don’t realize is many of our negative aging symptoms are self-induced. Many symptoms are naturally treatable and avoidable.
How can this be? Our bodies are designed to remain strong and mobile our entire lives. Our muscles want to be used and movement is the mechanism to healing.
When we sit for long hours at a time, many negative effects occur. The brain needs blood flow and oxygen. Without it we get sleepy and want to sit more. When the day is over we are exhausted. Go to the gym? Forget it!
Newton’s first law of motion is often stated as
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon…..
When we get ‘older’, say in our 50s or 60s we get diagnosed with arthritis. Aches and pains seem to suddenly appear for no reason at all. The truth is, these troubles have been in the making for years. Your body was changing one cell at a time until the proverbial ‘last straw’ comes along and your body can no longer support the lack of care.
Remember the old time phrase, “If you don’t use it you lose it”? As long as you don’t try to move your muscles and joints in every direction, you may not notice you’ve lost the ability. But when range of motion is reduced, muscle atrophy sets in. The overburdened, stronger muscles rebell for having to do more than their fair share.
Atrophy is a shrinking and reduction of unused muscles. Your body is efficient. Carrying around unnecessary baggage (muscle) is a waste of energy. So, the body lets the unused muscle tissue die. This shrinkage, puts unnatural stress on the joints. The proper ratio of muscle force is disrupted, pulling the joints out of their correct path. As you can imagine, this incorrect movement will cause pain.
So there you have it. Three ways you are contributing to the negative effects of aging. You have chosen to slow down, you’ve become way more sedentary and decided to use your body less.
But the good news is these troubles are treatable and preventable! Movement is the key! Movement is the mechanism by which lymph nodes moves out toxins and inflammation. Movement is the mechanism by which the blood flow is increased to bring nutrients to the entire system and carry away waste that can cause inflammation and stiffness.
Specific movements that are gentle, global and full range of motion are key. Your own body weight is sufficient to work your muscles. Movements that open the joints and allow lubrication to plump the soft tissues between your joints will relieve pain. Balancing the muscles from front to back, right to left will reduce pain and give you energy.
Aging well is possible! Gentle movements done daily are the key to living better longer so you can keep doing all the things you love.
Move with me – because Live is Movement!