Ask a kid how old is “old”, you’ll hear “my parents are old“. Ask a young adult how old is “old”, you’ll hear “my grandfather is old“. Ask a grandfather how old is “old”, you’ll hear “that guy down the street is old“.
The oft-reported challenge of an ageing population to pension plans and health care systems doesn’t compare to the extraordinary challenge that ageing presents to an unfit individual.
Actually, each person can be described by 4 different “ages”:
1. Chronological age. “I am 55 years old.”
2. Functional age. “Compared to the average, my functional ability is similar to an individual 10 years younger.”
3. Psychological age. “I have a state of mind and mental ability that compares with a 40 year old”.
4. Social age. “I behave in a manner similar to a slightly younger individual.”
Of course, as we age there are DOZENS of structural and functional changes that we go through. And although “Anti-aging” is a term tossed around a lot, some things work and some things are simply hype. By now however you should have no trouble naming the 2 Superheros Working Against Ageing.
Nutrition and Exercise.
If you want to learn more about Ageing and how a personalized exercise program can target areas where you may be ageing faster than you want to – drop me a line.