Can Exercise and Diet Slow Down the Ageing Process?

It’s no secret that exercise and diet can help everyone to stay fit and healthy, but can it slow down or reverse the ageing process?

The clock ticks for everyone, but although you can’t do anything about your chronological age, it might be possible to slow down – or even improve – your biological age.

Making changes to your lifestyle could significantly improve the quality of life by making the twilight years healthier. And in some cases, diet and exercise can even reverse some of the damage previously done – simple changes really can be that powerful.

Here’s my advice as a health and wellbeing coach, with crucial information that could help everyone.

Exercising for Youthful Function

Recent studies have suggested that a lack of exercise is more damaging than smoking to the human body, which is why there’s such a focus on its role by lifestyle and wellness coaches. However, there is now evidence that aerobic exercise can go one step further and may be able to roll back some of the effects of ageing.

Historically exercise has been viewed as a means of improving the quality of life, helping to elongate good health and minimise injury, illness, and incapacity. And this is still true; by keeping active, there’s a much better likelihood of enjoying good health and mobility later in life. 

Muscle mass is one of the biggest problems that occurs during the ageing process and is responsible for loss of mobility. It’s not ageing itself, which is the issue, but the effect of a sedentary lifestyle taking its toll.

But research now also shows that it could be possible to roll back time with aerobic exercise. New evidence suggests that aerobic exercise improves the body’s ability to heal, making cells act in a way which is much younger. This includes greater resilience, faster recovery, and better muscle function.

In order to retain these benefits, exercise must be continued, and it must be aerobic. This means that exercise such as running, cycling, or swimming could help to not just slow, but reverse the ageing process.

Of course, it’s important to include a range of different types of exercise in your schedule. Strength based training may not reverse the ageing process, but it plays an important role in preserving muscle and preventing conditions such as osteoporosis, effectively slowing down ageing in a different way.

The Importance of Eating Healthily

If only it were as simple as just scoffing a salad to turn back the clock, but unfortunately, it’s not quite as easy as that. But you can improve your health and fight the ageing process by eating the right kind of food.

Plant-based diets have been receiving lots of attention in recent months, and with good reason.

Every cell in the body contains chromosomes, and at the end of each chromosome is a type of cap known as a telomere. As ageing occurs, each telomere gets shorter and when it finally disappears the cell dies. All of this contributes to the ageing process. By protecting the telomeres it’s possible to slow down ageing, while elongating the telomeres will actually reverse ageing.

It appears that a plant-based diet can extend the telomeres, essentially reversing the signs of ageing. Making healthy, low-fat choices as part of a plant- based diet could be the single thing that slows down the ageing process the most.

But if you’re not ready to completely convert to vegan just yet, there is good news. By centring whole foods and plants in your diet, even if you don’t totally give up meat, you can still enjoy similar benefits.

One of the biggest enemies of the body is processed food because it elevates blood sugar. High blood sugar can escalate the ageing process so avoiding processed food can help you to look and feel younger.

Get Advice from A Wellness Coach Online

The topics of eating healthily and exercise to prevent age-related decline is enormous, and I’ve only just touched the surface here. For personalised recommendations and advice to suit your lifestyle, get in touch today.

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