How This New Fitness Method Will Help You Age More Gracefully
A proven key to aging with grace is to move with grace—the more you move, the easier it becomes. Here’s why Elev8d workouts are the golden ticket to more golden years.
It’s true, and inevitable: the aging process is no friend to your body. As birthday candles creep past 55, 60, 65—and hopefully way on up—creaks, sags, wrinkles and aches eventually follow. But the corollary is also absolutely true: the body can be your friend as you age. And the alchemy that gilds senior years into “golden years” is fitness.
Studies show time and again that those who maintain an active lifestyle are more likely to live longer, healthier, and happier. From Blue Zones Project data that explored why and where people lived longest and happiest across the globe, to a study in the journal Neurology that finds cardiovascular fitness in mid-life leads to lower dementia risk in later years, the bottom line is that those who move and stay active tend to age more gracefully, both physically and cognitively. “You’re only as old as you feel,” right? Well, the key to feeling strong, energetic and more youthful is to keep moving.
This may be common sense, but unfortunately not such common practice. Only one in three adults get the recommended amount of physical activity each week, and only 28-34% of adults aged 65 to 74 are physically active at all, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Further, more than 80% of adults do not meet guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
One of the benefits that I (a mid-50s youngster), have personally experienced, thanks to Elev8d Fitness, is that improved body and joint alignment means that exercise, whether a brisk walk or more aerobic jog or bike ride, or a low-key stretching or yoga class, simply feels better and is more enjoyable. Less creaks, less aches, more energy. Bingo—and I’m not talking the numbers game.
Elev8d Fitness makes it easier to age and move with more confidence and strength. Through simple, accessible, safe exercises—doable whether you’re 45 or 95—Elev8d activates muscles and joints to better enable you to move efficiently—the way humans are naturally built to move. And this becomes ever more important as years of slumping posture or less-than ideal fitness begin to take their toll.
I think of Elev8d as my entropy antidote: the body, with all systems, according to the second law of thermodynamics, will tend toward disorder. The skeleto-muscular system gets worn down over time: joints can become arthritic or simply suffer wear and tear; underutilized muscles atrophy; lungs that aren’t used to deep breathing begin to lose some plasticity—all of which makes it harder to be active and move more. You know where this is going…it’s a vicious and unhealthy cycle. If it is difficult to move, you’re less inclined to be active, and this lack of physical activity can lead to weight gain, poor circulation, weak muscles, and worn-out joints, which encourages being sedentary and results in more of all the above.
None of us will ultimately beat entropy—age will one day slow us all down—but we can hold it at bay. Interrupting an unhealthy cycle by staying active is a silver bullet that can make golden years more golden. And Elev8d Fitness proves that it doesn’t take much to counteract the entropy spiral. Eight minutes a day, four days a week—surely that’s a reasonable investment to yield a longer, healthier lifespan. Or to have the endurance to explore the Louvre on your travel bucket-list. Or sit on the floor (and get back up!) to play Legos with your grandkids.
Whether we’re young adults or nearing retirement, we’re all aging, minute by minute, day by day. That’s just how life goes. But age doesn’t have to put you on the path toward immobility and dysfunction. Staying moderately active now is your best bet for an invigorated and robust segue to your mature years. And by creating a simple, feasible, convenient and affordable plan for getting and keeping your body in optimal alignment and shape, Elev8d is one way to make your days and years, at whatever age, more active and healthy.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Aging Gracefully with Elev8d Fitness, as we talk about functional fitness, and how Elev8d can help with fundamentals like good balance and healthy joints, that are both keys to moving in a safe and functional way as you age.