My right shoulder has been giving me a lot of pain for a couple of years now, although it hasn’t stopped me from doing all the stuff that I enjoy doing, so I probably ignored it for longer than I should have. Recently the pain has been keeping me awake at night, and no amount of physio, rest or pain remedies has been making any difference. I knew it was time to give it some serious attention. I made an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon, he examined my shoulder, sent me for an x-ray and told me what I already knew, but didn’t want to hear. The problem is a simple case of wear & tear, deterioration, dilapidation!! An unwelcome reminder that despite my high energy levels, youthful attitude and abounding zest for adventure, I am no longer 25. So will this news make me slow down, begin to take things easy, exchange my hiking boots for slippers, and my walking poles for knitting needles? Absolutely Not! Surrounding my damaged shoulder is healthy muscle, and the more I work to strengthen my muscle, the more it will support that shoulder. Doctors, surgeons, physiotherapists, chiropractors can only do so much; the rest is up to us. We cannot control our age, we can control how our body ages. We all have the power to slow down the aging process. That power comes from the choices we make.
5 Simple Steps To Slow Down The Aging Process
Step One: Exercise Regularly
This is probably not going to surprise anyone, and I repeat it in most of my blogs, why? Because it is true, and it is important. When we are physically active we make more growth hormone, a key factor in remaining youthful. Growth hormone plays a vital role in healthy skin, fat loss/weight management, muscle mass and energy levels. In fact almost any sign or symptom related to aging is affected by growth hormone. The good news is you do not need to become an athlete in order to produce growth hormone. Something as simple as walking briskly for 30 minutes 5 times a week, or running for 20 minutes 5 times a week will help to slow down the aging process.
Step Two: Eat Fresh
Avoid processed foods as much as you possibly can. Most processed foods contain phosphates in some shape or form. Phosphates fuel the aging process, interfere with vitamin D activation and weaken bones. Eat foods that have just one ingredient, have little interference from humans, are in their original form and have a short shelf life. Look out for ingredients such as ‘sodium phosphate, calcium phosphate, and phosphoric acid’ and avoid these ingredients. A good rule is; ‘if you don’t recognize an ingredient, neither will your body’.
Step Three: Get More Sleep
Get at least eight hours of sleep each night, and don’t feel guilty if you do get more than that. At least once a week, at the weekend, I endeavor to have ten hours sleep. When our bodies are in a deep, restful sleep we produce more growth hormone. There is a reason why it is called ‘beauty sleep’, our skin renews itself; new skin cells grow and replace older cells. Forget the face lift; just get a good night’s sleep. Less sleep means less growth hormone. Less sleep also leads to more stress, which takes us to the next step.
Step Four: Reduce Stress
Stress accelerates the aging process. It shows on our face but doesn’t stop there. Long term stress can lead to age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, decreased immunity and neural degeneration. Find ways to relax and to de-stress. Exercise is a potent prescription for treating stress and anxiety. Two simple and effective rules to reduce stress are; do stuff that makes you happy; spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself. Be happy!
Step Five: Drink More Water
The human body is made up of 60% water. Our day to day routines will deplete this valuable resource, therefore it needs to be replenished. Simply drink 8 glasses/4 pints/2 ltrs/5 large glasses of water every day. Having adequate water content in the body will keep our internal organs hydrated and in good working order. Drinking plenty of water can also help our digestive system run smoothly and stop bowel irregularity. And if that alone isn’t reason enough to include more water in our diet; water will help our skin to look vibrant and supple.
The Power Of Choice
As years roll into decades, exercising and healthy eating are no longer a choice, they are necessary in order for us to maintain a healthy weight, fitness, strength, well-being and happiness. We can embrace our age and all of the wisdom and amazing experiences that come with it, while we continue to control how our body and mind ages. We have the power, it is in the choices we make. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, How To Slow Down The Aging Process, please feel free to share it or any of my articles, on Facebook, Twitter or any social media that you use. Begin putting the 5 Simple Steps to Slow Down The Aging Process into practice and leave a comment to let me know how it is working for you.