4 Pro Tips For Adding Life To Your Years

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on July 1, 2021 - 4:07pm
Life By Design
What is “normal” aging?

Stiff, achy joints, poor sleep, lack of energy, and a host of other conditions that we’ve been told to “just live with”.

Are they inevitable?

Emerging research states that the human body could live upwards of 150 years!

There’s so much more that’s possible for the human body than we’ve ever been told.

Take osteoarthritis for example.

The average life span is about 82 years.

Newer research shows that healthspan, the number of disease-free years someone can expect to live free from chronic disease and debilitating illnesses, is 66 years old in the United States.

That’s almost a 16-year gap! “If you don’t take care of your body, where else will you live?”

With the years counting down, now is the time to invest in your health and take advantage of the full breadth of enjoyment and happiness that your life has available to you.

Do these 4 things to get yourself on the right track!

Stay Lean

One of the most important biomarkers of healthy aging is increasing and maintaining lean muscle in the body.

A leaner body results in decreased mortality.

This study found that lean muscle mass was inversely correlated with mortality in men.

Maintaining and increasing muscle seems to be one of the keys to aging well.

Prioritize Protein

What’s the best food source to increase lean muscle?


Focusing your diet around healthy sources of primarily animal protein, combined with resistance training, will be your best recipe for building and maintaining lean muscle.

Food sources such as beef, wild game, poultry, and fish contain superior access to the amino acids important for healthy body composition development.

Prioritizing protein also improves key health markers such as blood pressure, blood sugar, inflammation, and reduces cancer risk.

The Omni Heart Study showed decreased blood pressure in those who consumed a high protein diet vs low protein. The high protein group also had the greatest increases in HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and a significant decrease in inflammatory markers such as triglycerides.

Control Your Blood Sugar

High blood sugar levels in those over the age of 65 are several times more at risk for developing dementia.

What’s most concerning is that some of these participants were still in the normal ranges of blood sugar levels.

Glucose dysregulation resulting from excessive caloric consumption and fat storage is a sign of bigger health problems in the future.

Stay Active

It’s well known that daily exercise is a crucial part of improved health.

The cardiovascular benefits of exercise are a key modulator in the prevention of heart-related conditions and worsening health.

Strength development is important for increasing lean muscle, bone density, improving heart health, regulating blood sugar, and of course, build strength.

As we age, we become more prone to falls, which are one of the greatest contributors to hospitalizations, and death, in those over the age of 65.

Strength training improves the concentrations of “fast-twitch” muscle fibres, which reduces the chance of falling.

Focus on getting at least 30 minutes of activity daily, with extra attention on strength-based routines.

Your lifestyle remains the secret to longevity and health.

Living your Life By Design, you will not only be adding years to your life but life to your years.


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