A few of the things that I have learnt over my time as a crossfit coach has been the fact that we need to look after our bodies. For me this is not what you might initially think of, that in order to protect your body you musn’t do anything. To look after our bodies we must use them. In this blog we will talk about looking after your body, your joints and recovering properly. All are equally important in staying healthy as we age.
The first part of looking after your body refers to what you put in it, what you surround yourself with and what you are doing to help yourself grow. When we were younger we could eat whatever we wanted to and the weight would never change. We could drink as much as we want, eat fast food, lollies and the occasional roast dinner. Now as we get older its very important that we are eating good quality meats, veggies, and are watching what it is that we put into our bodies. We know that sugar is bad for us, and that wheat and dairy don’t always agree with us. As long as you consume a balanced, healthy, clean diet, your’re on your way to aging well.
My second point is looking after your joints, you will need to make sure that you are warming up, cooling down and taking some supplements that will help. The first joint that’s important to look after is the knee. The knee is a funny joint, and sometimes you’ll feel achy above, below or behind the knee cap – this is called patella tendinosis. Make sure that you warm up by stretching out the quad using the foam roller or barbell and loosen the muscles in the front of the leg as this will help to take the tension off the knee joint. Also when cooling down this will help relax the muscle slowly letting the body loosen up before completely stopping exercise and cooling down. This can be done by 5min on the rower before and after training. This is a nice low impact exercise and good for the whole body.
The final part is Recovering properly, as we get a little bit older everything seems to take a little bit longer, feel a little bit heavier and hurt a little bit more. We really need to stay on top of our recovery and realise that this changes as we go from 20 to 30, 40 or well into our older years. The first recommendation is good quality nutrition; this is the corner stone of every training program alongside adequate amounts of H20. Once these are in place your next priority is a high quality protein powder and multi vitamin. Our soil is now lacking in many essential vitamins and minerals and therefore the quality of our food is not what it used to be. Obtaining these nutrients through a good quality multi vitamin is highly recommended; Body Science makes a really great one. Lastly using glucosamine and fish oil will help lubricate the joints in the body and protect cartilage, as well as giving us healthy hair, skin, nails, and assisting proper brain function.
As we age the biggest fear is not being able to use your body, with the mind and the body it is so important that we continue to use it, challenge it and look after it or we will lose it. Standing instead of sitting, running instead of walking, going to the gym instead of watching TV – these are all small but vital changes that we can make to our lives to help improve the quality of life as we age. The oldest member of our gym is a gentleman by the name of Giovanni who is 64 years of age and has been crossfitting for 3 months. He’s noticed huge improvements in his posture and energy levels and he is getting fitter everyday. To be the best version of yourself is to use all the resources you have available.
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