Sunday, June 5, 2011

Healthy Aging 50s and Beyond!

Darlene Cook Team Beachbody Coach- 53 years Young! Does P90X!


Let’s get one thing straight. You’re body thrives on exercise. If you’ve never exercised before your body is still yearning for that thing it never did. When you stop moving you start rotting. That doesn’t sound too pleasant, I know. It isn’t too great for your body either. Unfortunately, it’s the truth.

If you want to feel good and look young, you need to exercise. If you want to beat back osteoporosis, you need to exercise. If you want to prevent or reverse heart disease, you need to exercise. Are you sensing a pattern here? The aches and pains that you’re feeling, the general tiredness, all of those things recedes into the background when you exercise. If you continue to exercise, they stay in the background where they can’t bother you much.

There are other benefits to exercise. For some of you, this is the decade of the fading sex drive. The hormones for lust and physical performance circulate throughout your bloodstream. (I am hugely simplifying this so we can make the point and move on. There are whole books devoted to this subject.)

When you get old and inactive your circulation suffers. All members of your body that depend on circulation suffer. When you exercise you improve your circulation. If you have been distressed by a lack of interest (or just a lack of performance) in sex, exercise can help.

For the other half of the population, this is the time of the hot flash. Menopause has entered the scene and she will make herself known. We all know people who have a hard time with menopause. Either they are hot and cold or they suffer from mood swings and illness. Sometimes the extra-lucky have all three types of symptoms. Women who are in shape seem to have an easier time of it during menopause.

If you aren’t in shape, start exercising now and you will still have relief from some of the menopausal symptoms. Researchers aren’t sure yet why this is, but who cares? It may be because women who are in shape have less body fat, or it may be something else entirely. As long as you will find some relief that should be enough incentive for you.

Don Cook 53 Years Young- Working out with P90X, Team Beachbody Coach

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