Life is a balancing act. How often have you heard that from friends, family, teachers, the media? According to many studies, people who can find the happy medium between work and play, time for friends/family and for themselves, are often the most successful and well-adjusted.
Juvenon Health Journal
The good news about aging: we gain knowledge that can improve our lives and help our younger, more naïve friends avoid the pitfalls we’ve encountered. The bad news: the various organs of our body don’t function as well as they once did.
Whether it’s abstract concepts or planning our day, why do we seem to think more slowly as we age? To date, there is no definitive answer, but an understanding of the aging brain and its energy requirements offers some clues.
Remember the stamina and physical strength of our youth? Nothing, it seemed, could slow us down. What’s happened to our bodies, over time, to produce, comparatively, much less strength and endurance? (Not to mention a significant amount of fat instead of muscle?) More importantly, is there anything we can do to slow the rate at which this occurs and, perhaps, even reverse some of the decline?
The goal, for most of us, is a long, healthy life. Genetics clearly play a significant role, but environmental factors are, perhaps, equally important in determining longevity and health. Although, for the moment, our genetic make-up is beyond our control, we can influence our lifespan with our diet and daily routine.
Before the industrial-agricultural revolution (about 150 years ago), food was relatively scare and, consequently, expensive. Obesity was often associated with the privileged (hence the term “fat cat”), who could afford to eat well and do little else.
In today’s world, we’re exposed to an endless stream of facts and figures, from a variety of electronic devices, about every imaginable (and sometimes unimaginable) topic. Not only is the sheer volume of information overwhelming, but much of it can also be conflicting and confusing.
Should we exercise? Some would say “no.” Here’s their theory: the body – bones, muscles, organs – is built to withstand a predetermined number of hours of wear and tear. Once this limit is reached, part by part, the body fails. By speeding up the timetable with the stresses of exercise, we contribute to a shorter lifespan.
Imagine driving in city traffic. The lights are timed so that, if you’re lucky and there aren’t any accidents or crazy drivers cutting in front of you, you can drive several blocks before a red light stops you. But realistically, multiple factors often throw the system off balance and the traffic rarely flows smoothly…