The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
In the western world the paradigm about aging is quite messed up. People aged 40 already passed their ‘best age’ and people older than 60 are considered old.
Actually, this is not true. The body is designed for aging to about 100 – 120 years. Means with 50 you’d still be in a pretty good age.
In your ‘best age’ your entire body is renewed in about 7 years. When you get older your metabolism does become slower, but the cell division is still taking place. So let’s debunk the truth about aging!
Why is it that people in the western world actually ARE old with 60?
Many around this age already take pills, suffer from limited mobility and degenerational diseases. Neither brain nor metabolism allows them to fully enjoy life anymore.
The reason for this is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The principle behind this is really simple: Use it or loose it.
Humans survive because they can adapt. Just like Charles Darwin says, ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.’
This implicates human’s ability to change. To come back to our statement at the top: If we don’t use something -may that be muscles, memory, etc- the body will regress. Your bone structure becomes more fragile, heart performance will decrease, brain power suffers and your muscels will degenerate.
Because people think they get old, they think they can do less. They believe they can’t do to much sport anymore, they can’t remember things anymore or they can’t learn something new anymore. Thus they act accordingly. Their body responds and follows their actions.
Don’t get me wrong, you are aging. But not in the speed you think you do. And of course, there are two more topics that affect your speed of aging significantly: Nutrition and Lifestyle.
How To Slow Down Aging
Many people try to slow down their aging. Unfortunately, I need to inform you that there is no ‘magic pill’ you can take. Though, the solution isn’t as complicated as you might think. The answer to this might be a little bit over-simplified but it comes down to one thing: Muscles
Building and keeping muscles is a great and probably even the only way for long-lasting health. Of course, this includes a healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle. Don’t worry if you don’t look like like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
We are not speaking about being a bodybuilder. We speak about being ‘fit’, being trained.
More musclemass is a great way to boost your metabolism. It will increase your base calorie consumption which automatically allows you to burn fat faster (simply put). Working out will also stress your body’s ability to recover and enhance the overall speed of your metabolism.
Of course, this isn’t very scientifically worded. To dig deeper into these topics check out our recommended reads.