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Rolling Back The Years

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 Rolling Back The Years

Positive thinking, now that’s what we should all aspire to. So when a headline reads “How to turn back your age clock”, interest is alerted. Jane Feinmann of the Independent (06 01 09) writes, none of us is getting any younger. But follow a few simple rules and we really can look and feel more youthful. How to stop the hand of time is explained.

Feinmann offers some scientific evidence along with four tried and tested ways of looking and feeling good.

Celebrity trainers Tim Bean and Anne Lang argue “Challenging exercise is the closest thing to an anti-ageing pill for everyone, not just for athletes and health nuts”.

Their book Turn Back Your Age Clock (Hamlyn, £12.99), to be published this month.

Notwithstanding, the urgency lies with the ‘challenging’ aspect suggesting that a stroll is wholly inadequate. There is a fundamental need to work the muscles taking them to the limit, exercising harder and faster to make your body perspire and your heart race, within an aerobic training zone that’s between 60 and 80 per cent of your maximum heart rate (your age subtracted from 220), as indicated by Bean and Lang.

It has been established that high-intensity aerobic exercise “increases the body’s need for oxygen and therefore improves the capability of heart, lungs and blood vessels to supply oxygen to the muscles,” they argue.

One of the benefits of this type of exercise is that there is no need yo join a gym, good solid trainers is all that is required and for ladies a good sports bra is recommended.

The four top tips for aerobic exercise are firstly, brisk power walking. It has been said that by the time the warming session takes place and stride is achieved, then do the ‘talk test’ (breathing\thing should be harder, perspiration should be kicking in and you should not be able to hold a full on conversation.

Secondly, when jogging, begin slowly, allow your body to lose its sluggishness. Set a distance and time, and work at beating your personal best in each workout.

Thirdly, skipping, this is notably one of the cheapest and portable cardiovascular workout is a wonderfully intense high calorie-burner for those who have built up a good fitness level.

Finally, cycling has been identified as a really good workout for the elderly or overweight person. In relation to burning calories there is a need to increase both intensity and distance. Another useful point is to ensure the height of the seat so that the leg at the bottom of the down-stroke is almost but not quite completely extended.

The co-authors have promised that you will feel and look up to 20years younger. However, you’ll need to alternate 50 minutes of aerobic exercise with an anti-ageing workout made up of rejuvenator circuit exercises that “hit on ageing hot spot areas.

Apparently the favourite exercise for celebrity clients is the ‘turtle’, lie relaxed, prone on your front, on the floor with arms extended in front of you and legs together.

Secondly, Inhale and raise your head, arms and legs just up off the floor. Sweep the arms around in a wide arc until your hands reach your sides. Squeeze your buttocks and thighs.

Thirdly, Exhale as you return to the original position, then repeat the movement, keeping your arms up off the floor at all times until the exercise is finished.

Moving on and looking at top tips concerning the skin. It would be a sensible concept to take regular exercise, enjoy a balanced diet and be generous with sunscreen and moisturisers. Furthermore it has been recognised that dermal fillers are the way forward in smoothing crepey or damaged skin.

By injecting the gel underneath the dermis, the filler is able to stimulate natural collagen production and replenish supplies of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, thereby boosting skin elasticity and firming up these delicate skin areas. Vital Light costs £500 to £600 for an initial treatment, which will require an upgrade every six to nine months.

Good posture plays it’s part in keeping younger appearance. More specifically banishing back pain could well be your single most effective anti-ageing strategy in 2009. And the best long-term strategy to beat back pain, according to a major study published in the British Medical Journal in December, is a course of just six lessons in the Alexander Technique.

Hitherto, it has been claimed that after a year, it is more effective than painkillers or massage because “it equips patients with life skills they are more likely to be able to use beyond the intervention period”.

With AT now set to be more widely available in general practice and for hospital out-patients, Alexander teachers are quick to point out that their lessons bring many anti-ageing benefits other than freedom from pain. Most commonly, people experience improved mobility, alertness, confidence, general health and inner calmness, according to a recent survey of Alexander “pupils”, carried out by Stat (the Society of Teachers of Alexander Technique.

Diet will be crucial in the pursuit of a youthful appearance. It is essential to plan ahead your diet for up to three days. Of equal importance is to base menu around ’super-foods’. From that perspective, it is advisable to make out a shopping list, and work out preparation and cooking times. It is also recommended that if you are dining out then call venue ahead and pre-order.

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