As early as your 30’s you begin to experience sarcopenia http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/sarcopenia-with-aging
“Although sarcopenia is mostly seen in people who are inactive, the fact that it also occurs in people who stay physically active throughout life suggests there are other factors involved in the development of sarcopenia.”
“Researchers believe the following factors play a role:
- Age-related reduction in nerve cells responsible for sending signals from the brain to the muscles to initiate movement
- A decrease in the concentrations of some hormones, includinggrowth hormone, testosterone, and insulin-like growth factor
- A decrease in the body’s ability to synthesize protein
- Inadequate intake of calories and/or protein to sustain muscle mass”
A common consequence our society has gotten far too use to is simply allowing themselves to slow down and begin to suffer poor health. You get use to this slow degradation of the way you feel and look and accept your fate (perhaps because it is so slow). The less bone density, connective tissue strength and lean muscle you have…the less you can physically do. The inevitable result is there then becomes less of a reason for the rest of you to stay vital. The dwindling draw on your system to output energy and move with zest feeds this fading and fumbling of ability.
It doesn’t have to be this way, this is just the result of the way evolution works where those who adapt further their genetics and those who don’t…don’t. Not only will maintaining stamina and strength significantly influence longevity but perhaps more importantly it will help you avoid the downward slide.
Research has substantiated that those who stay physically fit experience far less if any of the common age related diseases and rather than suffer for years if not decades they feel quite good and healthy right up until the end.
You do not need to ‘be sent out to pasture’ because for humans that pasture, as comfortable as you try to make it, is anything but pleasant. Life is for living and a proper as opposed to superficial form of exercise allows you to find real peace and serenity. Don’t be reluctant to take time to let your bones and muscles feel and move against real weight. Simply make sure to do so slow enough and smooth enough not to overburden your connective tissue. You don’t need much and a little goes a long way IF you do it consistently over the years.
Through having the energy, strength and ability to engage on your terms you can quite effectively and dramatically lengthen the ‘livable and lovable’ phase of your lifespan.