Tim Watt, MD, Neurosurgeon joins us as we discuss anti-aging. It’s genetics vs self-sabotage. Everything is the combination between the genes, your environment and lifestyle. Genes aren’t always the culprit or your destiny. A majority of conditions that weigh on people’s minds and bodies is not that straight forward, but you have the ability to make the changes with a healthy lifestyle
Empowering Seniors – Better Aging is not Brain Surgery!
The best time to start an anti-aging program is when you are a small child, it doesn’t mean that just because you are older you can’t begin to improve your strength and function. You can get better.
Genetic testing can be very valuable if you have the right mindset. Some might not like the genetic testing because of the attitude and depression that might come from it, but it is the approach you take with your results – the mindset that you are wanting this information in order to take the steps to help prevent the disease and help yourself.
What are some of the best tips of making aging not as unpleasant? You need to build a foundation with a healthy lifestyle. Diet is important, Tim Watt, MD says “you just can’t outrun your fork.” Diet is a major contribution to inflammation. Taking steps to decrease inflammation may help slow the progression of disease. Avoid sugar and trans-fats that are so prevalent in our everyday diet. Unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle start to accumulate and you wake up one day with arthritis, achy joints, sore muscles and everything else. So how do we turn slow down the clock? Well one very important way in addition to changing your diet is exercise such as lifting weights. Lifting weights allows you to build your strength.
Denise Colborn, CEO of Colborn Dance & Fitness discusses the importance of weight training or resistant training. Strength training is basically working your muscles keeping them active and mobile. Using your muscles will help you over longer period of times to be mobile. It is recommended to weight train 2-3 days a week alternating upper lower body while giving your body a day in between to rest. Targeting muscles that will allow you to continue doing those things that you do every day like reaching up and picking something off the top shelf or bending over picking something off the floor. All of these help prevent injuries and help keep you living active.