I listened to an interesting podcast the other day and a conversation with Dr. Eric Verdin President and Scientist at The Buck Institute for Research of Aging.
It might not come as a big surprise, but he made it clear with the metaphor in the title. Exercise is King – Nutrition is Queen – Put them together and you have a Kingdom. According to Dr. Verdin, exercise and diet/nutrition are the single most important areas for a longer, healthier life. I will write some posts here about these areas and tell about things I am testing or have tested and experiences from them. In terms of training, I have practiced it a lot in the last 6-7 years with around 550 hours of training per year (most of it on the bicycle saddle) but also a lot of strength training. When you reach the age of 50, it is very important to train your heart with cardio exercises/sports. Don’t forget to occasionally dare to drive really hard with a heart rate close to maximum level to maintain or build a better oxygen absorption capacity. It is also very important to train variedly for strength, balance and mobility. Strength training also increases natural hormone production, which is a key to good health and a healthier life. This year I myself have also started with Yoga, which provides good all-round exercise and a nice feeling. One of the best activities out there is also dancing. The dance trains your whole body and coordination at the same time. Pleasure-filled training for all senses, muscles and heart. My mother is out dancing 2 times a week and I dare to promise that there are few of her many cavaliers who would guess that she turns 80 next May.
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