The title of this article is a Tragically Hip reference; if you don’t know the songs have a listen here and here.

 

I was talking to a med-school student who showed me a study he said I would be interested in. The study quantified biological aging of 1,037 people from Dunedin, New Zealand. Scientists tracked the pace of aging using 18 biomarkers of different organ systems including pulmonary, periodontal, cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, and immune function. They studied people born in 1972-73 until they were 38 years old with not a lot of big surprises. Of course, people aged at different paces with 28 being the youngest biological age and 61 being the oldest.

 

Rate of aging

The biggest surprise for me was how the pace went. I thought people aged linearly through life one day at a time but we don’t; we age exponentially as we get older. Take a look at this chart:

 Fig. 1. Burden of chronic disease rises exponentially with age. To examine the association between age and disease burden, we accessed data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Global Burden of Disease database (www.healthdata.org/gbd) (43). Data graph (A) disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and (B) deaths per 100,000 population by age. Bars, from bottom to top, reflect the burden of cardiovascular disease (navy), type-2 diabetes (light blue), stroke (lavender), chronic respiratory disease (red), and neurological disorders (purple).

Fig. 1. Burden of chronic disease rises exponentially with age. To examine the association between age and disease burden, we accessed data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Global Burden of Disease database (www.healthdata.org/gbd) (43). Data graph (A) disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and (B) deaths per 100,000 population by age. Bars, from bottom to top, reflect the burden of cardiovascular disease (navy), type-2 diabetes (light blue), stroke (lavender), chronic respiratory disease (red), and neurological disorders (purple).

 

What sucks is most people don’t worry about their health until something goes wrong. It’s like people call me up on the first warm sunny day of spring and say, “Can you make me hot for next week?” I always do my best!

 

how to reduce aging

As a personal trainer, one responsibility I try to take on is to get people as healthy as possible. If you look at this study, aging diminishes physical capacity and cognitive function. I want to keep people off the stretcher and keep them achieving at their optimum. I look at the factors that cause aging and make suggestions on reducing them.

 

The factors I look at are nutrition, toxic loadmental stressthe microbiomesleep, and of course exercise. As a personal trainer, the first things I want to deal with are diet and exercise and it’s what most people want when they come see me. Sometimes this is all people want.

 

Some people have other issues they might want to deal with. Most people have a lot of mental stress and sometimes sleep is an issue. These two go hand in hand; your stress goes up with a lack of sleep and lack of sleep causes increased stress. One of my suggestions is to meditate to help with mental stress.

 

Studies now show the benefits of meditation on people. In different cultures, they have known the profound effects of meditation for thousands of years but until now science had no proof of the effects. Now science can look at the effects on the body using MRI and they can look at the effects on DNA and other biomarkers. It costs nothing to meditate but it significantly and measurably reduces mental stress and aging.

 

From there I have many individualized suggestions on how to reduce aging. The point I would like to make is don’t wait until you are unhealthy to contact me because like boots or hearts, when you start to fall apart, man, you really fall apart. Also, don’t wait until the sun is shining on a hot day to call me up to make you hot for next week; let's talk now.

 

I hope you liked the article. If you did, share it with friends. These are the types of issues I deal with daily with my clients in order to accomplish their fitness goals. I believe in a coach like approach and I help guide my clients to do the things they deem relevant for them and they are seeing really great results. For me the reward is the happiness it creates and seeing the new found confidence in people. WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO PERSONALLY SHOW YOU HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR FITNESS GOALS ...FOR FREE?

 

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