Aching joints, weight gain, loss of energy...Most people think that problems like these are inevitable with aging. But what if I told you that roughly 70% of "standard" American aging is optional? It's NOT a relentless tide. We now have a whole new understanding of the basic cellular mechanisms involved with aging, way down at the molecular level. And the stunning news from the front lines of science is that you have a choice. You can choose to become functionally younger by years, even decades, by making changes in how you live. These changes, not so surprisingly, involve exercise, nutrition, and your emotional health.
If you've let things slide for a while, you might be wondering if it's too late, if there's too much water under the bridge -- or maybe too many calories. Not at all! Studies have shown that your body can renew itself all the way into your 90s if you work hard enough to maintain physical function, and if you stay socially, emotionally, and intellectually engaged. This is the way to becoming Younger Next Year , and next decade.
Let's start with a few questions for you: How do you want to live your life in your 70s? How about in your 80s? In what ways have you aged that you're most interested in turning around? Will you commit to some good, old-fashioned work to make those turn-arounds happen?
We have always promoted "move it or lose it", meaning moderate exercise regularly is great. A lot of people either don't exercise at all or over do it causing joint injuries. This will keep you active into your 80s!
As a 70 year old, I feel better psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually then I did in my 40's. My body is fairly healthy, I'm a 3 times a week walker, I do not eat processed food, and I am in love with my beloved husband and my life. How does it get any better?
Recently, I have started movement therapy, it has helped me fight my lower back pain, arthritis and bursitis. It has been great to walk around without pain and medication. To reduce my blood pressure and regulate my heart activities, I have cut off all oil, red meet, and salt intake. And to look younger I have started using Microcurrent treatment and I look so much better.
Please tell us more about movement therapy. How is it different from yoga? How does one get started? Thanks.
Thanks for your Reply!
I want to continue to be as active as possible. I broke my right shoulder, when I had gained 70 lbs, which I have lost almost all of the 70 lbs. now. I want to have a BMI of less than 24.9, which is the high normal for me (157 lbs). I am at 164 right now. It is very difficult to do any weight training because of my broken shoulder (reconstructed with rods and pins, broken in 4 places) but I can try. Right now I only use an elastic band for strengthening my arms and shoulders. I am 5'7" tall and am 61 years old. What suggestions do you have for me?
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.