Use it or lose it
Mick Jagger had his 8th child at the age of 73.
Madonna is probably already planning next year’s 60th.
And aged 91, David Attenborough is still globetrotting and setting the environmental agenda.
Age is just a number, right?
Thanks to science, technology and research we know the importance of diet and exercise and its impact on us having a long and healthy life. We can spot a super food at twenty paces, and we can explore our own genetics to flag future health problems.
We’re having kids later, working longer, and can push back our midlife crisis back to what should be our golden years.
So why is it that we hear 30-year-olds trading Botox stories? Why do our near-40-year-old mates groan when they haul themselves off the sofa after a Netflix binge? And is 39 year-old my mate who popped a knee cap, yet again, while on a slippery dance floor just one more slip towards an early grave?
Is it all really downhill after 30?
According to an article from the ABC, no. Well not really.
While the experts say, yes your muscles start to change in your 30s, having achieved peak muscle mass in your mid-20s before a decline; beyond that it’s a matter of use it or lose it.
So if you’re creaking around the house and you’re not yet 50, it’s probably more to do with snoozing your alarm instead ofhitting the pavement or skipping Pilates for a pint.
Sure, significant life events such as pregnancy can knock you for six, but even after that there is a way back to the land of the living.
Those spoilsport experts say we can’t just resign ourselves to old age in our fourth decade; rather we need to up our game.
Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines are supported by a rigorous evidence review process that takes into account two points:
- the relationship between physical activity (including the amount, frequency, intensity and type of physical activity) and health outcome indicators, including the risk of chronic disease and obesity; and
- the relationship between sedentary behaviour/sitting time and health outcome indicators, including the risk of chronic disease and obesity.
Walk. Run. Cycle. Resist.
No, not in the political sense (that’s up to you!) but rather resistance training.
Because if sitting is the new cancer, exercise is medicine.