We all get old, eventually. It’s one of those few uncontrollable aspects of life that none of us can escape. We can, however help to alleviate what happens as we age. Most of this involves having good eating and fitness habits and staying away from the nasty things that can potentially bring our existence to an end.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no illusions of being “old” per se, but some age is often felt rather than gained. I have to admit that in recent years, my blocks have gotten a bit slower, my techniques a little sloppier and my ability to get up and go has got up and gone (Yes, I just referenced an earlier blog post of mine!)
It really doesn’t take a great deal… A few too many break days, skipping meals or lack of sleep and your health can easily start to fall off the rails as you get older. This is especially true for Type 1 Diabetics who depend on a proper balance to keep things in check. And balance really is the key!
Start by getting proper rest. The average adult requires between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. As long as you’re getting it all at once (unlike me, who occasionally cluster naps) it should go a long way to helping you rejuvenate yourself. Many of your body’s systems are working at resetting and/or resting while you do. This is one of the reasons why you shouldn’t eat heavily before bed.
And while we’re talking about food, make sure you’re getting your three meals a day and that they’re properly balanced with vegetables and proteins to help with muscle repair and growth. It’s okay to have some cheat days now and again, as long as you don’t go overboard.
Last but not least, get some damn exercise. Even when you’re sore, tired and just plain fed up… it gets exponentially worse if you just sit back and do nothing. You have to keep moving. Movement is life. Even if you just start by doing some light stretches first thing in the morning, it’ll help to get the blood flowing, make you more alert and start your day off properly.
All of these points become increasingly important as you collect more birthdays. Muscles become less flexible, joints are less limber and if you don’t keep up with everything, you may find yourself seizing up. ☯