5 TIPS TO WIN The race AGAINST AGEING
N aps, knitting and nuzzling with the grandchildren — the traditional image of retirement is being challenged by people all over the world today. While hobbies and time with grandkids are, no doubt, a priority, people are also realising they want so much more. But for that, a proactive approach to health and wellness is a must.
Matt Johnson, health and performance expert and president of On Target Living, suggests five incredibly simple, yet powerful ways to age healthfully, and keep those engines revving at peak performance, no matter how vintage the model.
1 take advantage of pit stops
“Lack of sleep is the fastest way to age the human body,” says Johnson. “Additionally, adequate sl eep i s extremely important for a healthy brain. Deep REM sleep allows the mind to rejuvenate. Memory, creativity and cognitive function get refreshed in this stage of sleep.”
He recommends three steps to achieve quality sleep. First, go to bed at the correct time to achieve eight hours of sleep. Second, unplug and avoid digital devices that put out stimulating blue light. Third, add the relaxing mineral magnesium to your routine by taking an Epsom salt bath or foot bath once a week.
Fuel your machine
“I like to tell people to think of nutrition as fuel for the body; without the correct fuel, the engine and components can’t work correctly,” says Johnson. “The most critical nutrients t hat we don’t get enough of are supergreens ( like spirulina, chlorella and frozen wheatgrass) and omega- 3s. We know we all need to eat more green veggies, but did you know that majority of the population today is likely to be deficient in omega- 3s?”
Get an oil change
Some oils are considered healthy and others cause health problems. Johnson recommends adding: * Extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO) for salad dressings, baking and low-temperature sautéing * Virgin coconut oil as a substitute for
butter and baking oil * Cod liver oil as a supplement to get omega- 3s ( not for cooking) He also suggests removing from our daily diets certain vegetable oils — like canola and soybean — that are heavily processed and often made with GMOS ( t hat i s , genetically modified organisms).
5 rev your engines daily
“The benefits of exercise are endless, but the underdog benefit is how it makes us feel and think,” says Johnson. “You should move your body if you want to stay sharp and happy.”
Find an exercise programme you enjoy, he suggests. “Exercise is the fountain of youth, but you shouldn’t do something you don’t like. Make sure you move your body daily. If you are looking for suggestions, think about hiring a trainer. Focusing on form and technique over intensity is the first step.” schedule regular maintenance checks
“Play offence instead of defence withyourhealth,” saysjohnson.“Modern medicine is better than ever at early detection and treatment. As you get older, use annual doctor visits to screen, ask questions and monitor your risk factors. You can only get good answers if you ask good questions.”
Finally, Johnson reminds people that anti- aging doesn’t exist. “We are all ageing — the key is to age well. This means to aspire to quality of life. We all have motivators: kids, grandkids, spouses, careers, passions, etc. Without your health, none of these can be enjoyed to the fullest.”