Do you know how tall you are? After the age of 40 or 50, people lose ¼ to ½ inch on average every decade, with losses increasing in later years due to deteriorations in bone mass, muscles and joints. So is losing your maximum genetically coded height necessary with aging? I think not if you train your body!
As we age, the gel-like disc that cushions the space between the bones in the spine begins to dry and thin with lack of movement. With regular, rigorous cardio, strength and flexibility exercises, nutrients are readily delivered to the spine. This keeps not only the discs between the vertebrae more playable but also the muscles, ligaments and joints healthier.
Exercises that emphasize stretching and flexibility of the muscles, joints and bones are just as important as ones that focus on building strength. As you pump your muscles with resistance you gain power as well as maintain joint space and strengthen bones! Stretching strong muscles will make them long, elastic and pliable and helps stimulate joints, tendons, ligaments and cartilage to be healthy and regrow. As you stretch, you continue replenishing the cells in your body, which in the end can help keep you from shrinking.
Those who exercise in their youth have “younger muscles” in their older age. Are you looking to support the youthfulness in your body? Call trainer Dave Brinkman at 425-442-7646 for a FREE fitness assessment!