The Fountain of Youth and Vitality

Cheyne Thompson General Health, Lifestyle Health, Uncategorized

One of the keys to staying young and vibrant is balance. As you get older, you lose muscle mass. This is what you need to maintain balance and prevent falls. If you don’t fall, you can have an active and good quality of life as you get older. Strength training or weight bearing exercise can help maintain muscle mass if you start when you’re young but you can regain some muscle mass if you start a program when you’re older. (Always check with your health professional or doctor to see what is suitable for you.)
There are things you can do to keep your nervous system working better which can also reduce the chances of falling. These can be things like standing on one leg, walking in bare feet on rough surfaces and spinning.
Seeing your Chiropractor regularly can optimize joint function that can help with pain management and optimise the mobility of your body. This can help you to stay active and strong.

So What Can I Do?

Spending a few minutes each day doing a routine to help stimulate the nerve pathways in your body can increase your quality of life. The good news is, it’s never too late to start. Miriam Nelson PhD, wrote a series of books about the importance of staying strong to maintain youthfulness. In her research, she did a study where she got a group of chair-bound elderly ladies to start strength training and she helped build them up enough to get mobile again. The series started with “Strong Women Stay Young” 1. Imagine how helpful it would be to start earlier?
In my next blog, I will share some ways to improve you balance so that you can live the life you choose to live as you get older, not have your body telling you what you can or can’t do due to pain or loss of confidence in your balance or the way you move.

1Strong Women Stay Young, Miriam E. Nelson, Sarah Wernick, Bantam Books, 4 Apr. 2000

Cheyne Thompson

Author: Cheyne Thompson

Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has three children and 2 grandchildren.