Friday, July 6, 2018



We went back and forth over the this word AGING in this blog.

Aging is a term often applied to older generations, but the fact of the matter is we're all aging, from the day we're born. Aging is an inevitable part of life, and it doesn't indicate anything other than the fact that our time and experience are constantly accumulating —which is truly a gift.

Dynamic aging , though — that is something else entirely. Dynamic aging requires movement. Dynamic aging is the acquisition of time and experience alongside the acquisition of physical skill. While we're all aging, we're not all aging dynamically, for this requires that we move. 

  Our tissues do change with age, but they also change through lack of movement. When you couple older tissues with a longer habit of not moving much, which we all have; it's very easy to get by in our present culture with very little movement, you wind up with a body that feels unable to go out and gather the experiences of life you desire. 

  Our culture's perspective is that this decline in movement is related to aging, but I want to stress gain that our culture is sedentary. All of us in our culture have spent the bulk of our lives unmoving, and so the transformative effects of movement are rarely considered as being integral to all aspect of life, including aging.

  That all said, most scientists and medical professionals will tell you that you need to start exercising, because research shows just how protective of health this can be. However, exercise time is typically allotted to a tiny fraction of each day. If movement is hugely transformative, why not learn to put the movement, beyond exercise, back into each day?

  We are used to thinking of exercise as something we do "outside" the obligations of our regular life. Thus our obligations keep us from moving abundantly through life because our families and jobs and community work and housework take our attention. Exercise is a great asset, but few people have the luxury of bumping up their exercise time to three or four hours each day. You can, however, get your body moving closer to that amount by setting your life up in a way that requires more movement. 
  This Healthy Wealth blog-site is full of exercises and even a workout routine , but it's all full of ways to put more movement back into the daily tasks you're already doing. I have found this to be key to improved movement in all populations, from toddlers to competitive athletes to goldeners above 50-years-age to new mothers fresh from birthing their children. 

  Our human bodies require movements ― a lot of it ― to operate fully. This is the reason exercise is almost always listed as beneficial for health issues. And it's not only the muscles and joints that movement protects. A lack of exercise can affect the health of your eyes, and thus vision [Zheng et al. 2015], brain, cognition and memory, and digestion ( De Schryver et al. 2005); it can negatively impact your energy levels, lipid panel results, and simply how good you feel each day. And a lack of exercise could be causing your cells to age faster. According to one researcher of the effect of diet and movement on aging :

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"Some of us believe that aging is just something that happens to all of us and it's just a predestinated fate, and by the timeI turn 65 or 70 or 80, I will have Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis," says Dr. LeBrasseur. " And this study clearly shows the importance of modified factors, so healthy diet, and even more so, just the importance of regular physical activity. So that doesn't mean that we need to be marathon runners, but we need to find ways and time to increase our habitual activity levels to stay healthy and prevent processes that drive aging and aging-related disease. " ~ Mayo Clinic 2016. 

  But how is it that we can age faster?  As I said earlier , we're all aging at the same rate. or are we?

  Each of your cells has a limited number of times it can divide; this is why our bodies do not last forever. The number of times your cells can divide is determined by the rate of loss of the protective caps, called telomeres, of each chromosome at each cell division. Once a cell has stopped dividing, it becomes what is termed as "senescent" cell. Senescent cells are still active, but are associated with the production of inflammatory molecules and contribute to many age-related disease. 

The average cell will divide between 50-70 times before cell death. As the cell divides the telomeres on the end of the chromosome get smaller. The Hayflick limit is the theory that due to the telomeres shortening through each division, the telomeres will eventually no longer be present on the chromosome.

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Telomeres are best thought of as the plastic cap on your shoelaces that prevent the laces unraveling. Once they are gone, the DNA is unstable, just like the thread of a lace without the cap, and it is too risky to allow the cell to continue to divide. Certain lifestyle factors like a poor diet, not drinking enough water for one's weight daily, inflammation, and a lack of movement can accelerate cell divisions and the rate you are losing the telomeres on your chromosomes. What this means is that you , dear reader, have two ages. One age is determined by your birth-date (your chronological age) and the other is the age of your cells ( your biological age). Your biological cell age depends on how fast you have prompted your cells to divide and how well your DNA is maintained through lifestyle-related factors. 

The possible number of cell divisions we experience is not a fixed amount but rather a range that varies (adults range between fifty to seventy divisions). Although we all accumulate days at the same rate, our cells are not all dividing at the same rate, and also the amount of telomere DNA lost at each cell division is not the same ― which means two people of the same chronological age could have a different biological age, each having a different number of cellular divisions remaining before their cells become senescent. 

  Movement maters to your body on the cellular level. And so, instead of writing the typical book of "here are safe exercises for seniors," we want to say loud and a clear that there are daily movement available ― at every age ― that focus on the dynamic part of aging. Movements that not only put movement back into your life, but also life into your cells. And in the end, this is the reasonI have spent my time blogging and teaching others about why MOVEMENT needs to play a LARGE ROLE in OUR LIFE. It's not so that we can age dynamically, but so that we can live dynamically. 

Lora says, " I've found some of my most powerful routine movement comes from aligning my beliefs with my activities. I carry my wet wash out to hang in the sun. If it's cold enough for my heat to be on. I hang the laundry on racks inside, which provides moisture for the heated air.

  I have seven rain barrels and get the whole-body challenge of distributing water where it's most needed.

  I have buckets in my shower to catch the cold water that precedes my luxurious warm shower. The cold water rinses dirty dishes. All the water I use in food prep, which has vitamins in it, gets carried to plantings in special need in my half-acre yard. 

  Composting adds enormously to amassing ten thousand steps per day. And don't cross our composting just because you have clay soil with no worms. Shelah's compost provides me with worms, and I give them material for their worm projects.

  These ways of exercising provide physical endorphins, defined shoulder muscles, for the first time in my life, stronger joints and muscles, and the satisfaction that I am doing a good job as present caretaker of my land ― a cause I am most passionate about. "

Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease

The details of how exercise helps prevent diseases and their progress is not always understood. But in one study , healthy, cognitively intact participants with a higher genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease were able to maintain hippo-campal volume (the area of the brain known to shrink with Alzheimer's) with physical activity. (Smith et al.2014) Geriatrician Katalin Koller, M.D. says, " When I talk with my patients, it is very important to discuss optimization of physical activity, contingent on their current ability and any personal limitations. I recommend physical activity not only because of the protective cognitive benefits, but for mental health and overall personal well-being." 

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