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Ageing – Part 3

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Part 2 discussed the importance of being physically active when we are older. Here I’d like to introduce the idea of two different types of age, biological and chronological. Chronological age is the number of candles on your birthday cake whereas biological age is a term used to describe how well or not your body has aged over those years.  The better you look after your body the more likely you are to age well.

There’s a lot of research evidence to support the benefits of physical activity on all aspects of ageing and its not just those of us in our 50s and 60s and so on who should be paying attention.

Many of our systems start to decline from as early as our 30s including our lung capacity, aerobic capacity, blood vessel elasticity, bone density, muscle mass, balance, flexibility and even some cognitive function.   The more sedentary we are the more the decline.

The good news is that multiple studies show that we can slow the trend in decline and even reverse some of the changes by maintaining regular physical activity. And, it’s never too late to start as we can all benefit from taking up activity even if we haven’t been minded to for some time.

Here’s a simple calculator if you’d like an idea of your own biological age: https://www.easycalculation.com/health/biological-age.php

 

 

 

 

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