Does Anxiety have a negative impact on the ageing process?

No one wants to get older but unfortunately, we all want to age gracefully,
but until they discover an elixir of youth, it’s fairly unavoidable.
But just because you have to get older, no one said you had to do it quickly.
And no one said you couldn’t age well gracefully and keep your youthful
good looks, energy and health!

Many of us assume that getting old automatically has to mean getting cov-
ered in wrinkles, losing our ability to walk around and eventually developing
incontinence and dementia. As it happens though, none of these things are
inevitable and most of them are only partially related to age!
And you can see this too just by looking around! While some people seem
to be struggling to stand up straight and remember their name at age 65,
others are still playing sports and writing books well into their 80s and 90s. 

Is the difference entirely genetic? Not at all! In fact, there are numerous life-
style changes that can make all the difference to the way you feel as you age  and many of the problems that are associated with old-age can actually be avoided entirely. So yes, Ageing is still inevitable. But the way you age is almost entirely up to you!

The difference comes down to your knowledge and your ability to apply that
knowledge to make the most of your own body and health. YOU have the choice and the sooner you act, the more effectively you can stave off the
most unattractive aspects of getting older.

Yes, that’s right; this isn’t just a blog for ‘old people’. It’s for young people too. In fact, it’s more aimed at young people because you are the ones who have the time to ensure you get the very most out of your body and mind as
you get older. But How Do You Slow Aging?

Anyone can claim that Aging is something you have control over. The hard part is backing that claim up with some solid evidence. How can you really slow down your Aging? And how can your decisions end up putting your body in ‘fast forward’ mode?

Here are some examples…

Mobility
A lot of people will tell you that your knees have a finite amount of time be-
fore they start to tire out. The same goes for your back.

But more and more, we are discovering that is not true. The ‘functional
strength’ crowd are making it very apparent that you can keep on training

into old age and that in fact, things like running should give you more lon-
gevity.

The problem is just the way we are training and our lack of activity generally.
The way it goes for many people is that they stay very fit and healthy when
they’re younger because they run around, exercise and generally engage in

activity. Once they’re middle aged though, they slow down and they start sit-
ting at the computer or watching television all day. Their metabolism slows

down yes but most of the changes they see in their body are really a result of
being constantly stressed and constantly static. This results in muscle im-
balances caused by maintaining the same posture for so long and it results

in injury when they do get active. Don’t use your back long enough and it’s
sure to go when you try and lift that suitcase or carry that heavy box, even

just pushing the vacuum around cleaning the house, strains you back mus-
cles!

This injury then leads to ‘corrective’ posture and biomechanics. You have a
bad knee or back, so you put more weight on the other leg/you hunch over.
This in turn means that you actually exacerbate the muscle imbalances that
you already had. And the longer this goes on, the more of a hunch and a limp
you can start to acquire and the more pain you can expect to experience.

The solution is not to be less active but to be more active – while making
sure to use the correct technique.

Energy
Meanwhile, staying active can also boost your energy levels and help you to
start feeling better. That means the tiredness and lethargy that we feel as
we get older again isn’t predictable.
Essentially, when you combine the right exercise regime with the right diet,
you can increase not only your heart strength and circulation but also the
efficiency of your mitochondria. Mitochondria are the small ‘energy factories’
of your cells. They exist to help you convert glucose into useable energy
(ATP) and their number and strength is one of the big determining factors
that influence your energy output and the way you feel.

In fact, differences in mitochondria have been suggested to be one of the
main differentiating factors between the energy levels of young children and
those of older individuals. It’s why children seem to be able to run around and
around in circles for hours screaming, without ever exhausting them-selves.

Nutrition
Nutrition is also responsible for a large proportion of the problems you’ll
struggle with as you get older. Contrary to popular belief, many of the health
issues associated with old age are actually cumulative and result from years

of poor nutrition. A lack of nutrients can lead to problems with vision, prob-
lems with hormone production, problems with bone density and much more.

Thus, by eating the right diet, you can ward off numerous conditions and
stay healthier and stronger into older age.

Toxins, Cell Damage and Heart Problems
Many of the health complaints associated with aging can also be combated
with the right lifestyle. Sure, it’s always possible to be unlucky and to have to
deal with life threatening disease. But, this is much less likely if you are able
to protect yourself with the very best, healthy lifestyle choices.
For example, heart disease is one of the leading killers in men by far but it is
possible to reduce the risk of this problem by getting plenty of exercise and
sticking to a diet designed to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol at
the most desirable levels.

Brain
The same rules apply to your brain as to the rest of your body. In other words, if you keep your brain active it will stay alert and if you end your struggles with anxiety there is a better chance of you not only axing well, but living longer because a part of ageing well is maintaining a positive mental attitude, allowing yourself to enjoy life, have fun and continue to be productive well into your twilight years. We’ll get into all of this and in a lot more detail in the next part of the series, but hopefully this is enough of an explanation to make a believer of you. The point is, you do have control over the way you age and if you take the right precautions then you can stay healthy, mobile and able as you age.

The information in the blog is going to act as your road map and your blueprint
to help you. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to fortify your body against
the invading forces as you age!


Sandra

Sandra

I am a clinical psychotherapist and I have been helping people for a number of years with their mental health issues. I mostly now specialise in working with people who are suffering from anxiety, stress and mild depression. Although, I have over the years helped people deal with their fears and phobias using a number of psychological tools and techniques I am qualified to deliver. Due to the unprecedented times as a nation, we are facing I have decided that I will be continuing to work with any prospective and established clients both here and worldwide, remotely, at maintaining their positive mental health and wellbeing, whilst at the same time volunteering for Anxiety UK and working with those staff who are working on the frontline of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the NHS.

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