I hope you've had a good week. I'm sort of at the point of not welcoming this Friday....it's our last Friday before we have to return to school. Yes, I know, I can hear you all in your homes playing the world's smallest violin for the girl who's just had 6 weeks off of work, but I don't like change. Especially when it means I have to get up early ;)
Anyway, aside from that Friday has been a lovely REST day.
Yesterday whilst practicing pole I got some lovely photos - which of course I very much wanted to share with you all ;)
Anyway, on to the Friday Feature for this week. Facebook often gets me thinking, and today was no different....
I saw this video on my Facebook timeline this morning:
This woman completed a 100m sprint in 59.8 seconds.
Ok, so that's not breaking the world record - but she IS 99 years old! Apparently there are no records kept for women over the age of 90. Can you imagine being over 90 and still able to run? When I think of my own grandmother, who at 87 has been consigned to a wheelchair for the past 6 months and is unlikely to walk again it makes me wonder - what makes someone able to retain fitness into older age?
Well, as I read around, it turns out there are loads of factors.
Good genes for one - yes, I know that for many people life is an interaction of gene VS environment, but you can't help but think of genetic disorders that do have a very big impact on people's lives - sometimes regardless of former health status. Additionally the amount of stem cells people are born with are pre-determined at birth (stem cells are important because they can be made into ANYthing else - but they break down and wear away)
Good diet - malnutrition is on the rise in DEVELOPED countries. How? You might wonder. Well, aside from cases where people are facing real problems with food poverty - it's because we're not adequately aware of what our bodies require. Poor knowledge on adequate and balanced diets are leading to increasing numbers of people presenting with malnutrition (Gardener, 2014).
Healthy lifestyle - right, so you don't have to live on soy and mung-beans and running 10 miles everyday (although there's absolutely nothing wrong with doing that so long as it's balanced ;)) but give a care for your health. I'm not going to go into the vegetarian VS non-veggie thing here, but make sure you're balancing the macros in your diet - irrespective of whether you eat meat or not. This bracket also considers sun-exposure, smoking, alchohol intake, potentially life-threatening sports... :p
So to boil it down to a few sentences...balance your diet and educate yourself on what your body needs. I'm not saying never eat fast-food again (as you well know by now I'm all about IIFYM) but learn what it is we SHOULD be ingesting! Keep fit, whether it's walking, running, swimming, pole dancing....there's loads of options out there for all tastes.
Have you made any changes to help you live longer? What were they and why did you decide to make the change?
For me it was when I caught a side-glimpse of my face in the mirror leaving the pool. I looked like a blancmange. That's never a good look.