April 22

“THE MOST POTENT DRUG FOR LONGEVITY”

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“I NEVER WON A FIGHT IN THE RING;
I always won in preparation”- MUHAMMAD ALI

On Friday Crisp Evening, after researching and writing all day for my New Book “Smart Habits- Health Life,” my daughter knocked at the basement door, my writer’s den. Dad, do you remember? It’s our date, I replied; apologies, almost forgotten. I changed my clothes, and minutes later, we were driving down 16th Street, the beautiful sun setting in the East. I wondered if the sun had set in the East.

A few kilometres away from the shopping mall, at the corner of my eye, I saw three young females jogging beside the road; the group camaraderie was evident as I parked the vehicle and started walking past the open space car park with my daughter, the three female jogged past us. Out of curiosity, I asked one of the girls, a tall, slim, black female with a ponytail and sparkling smile reflecting the Sunray. I wondered what’s your secret. She stopped, stooped, and breathed, sweat dripping from her face and neck. She responded that when she is enjoying the high of Life, exercise is “the most powerful Longevity Drug .”She smiled. I jog on most days, and she smiled, revealing her youthfulness. She waved and joined two females. I wish I dared to race on most days!

No matter your age, there is always time and time to begin Longevity Training. In her book Anatomy of Exercises for Longevity, Hollis Liebman described Longevity as “a long duration of individual Life” It is something we all strive for, and we want a long life and a healthy one. We want to be in it for the Long haul. That means keeping physically and mentally fit by doing the exercises that we all enjoy. Research has shown that people who develop healthy habits improve their chances of living long and active lives. Regular exercise and a clean nutritional intake are vital and Unrefined carbohydrates, good quality fats, lean proteins, and vitamin, herb, and anti-oxidant supplements.

THE SEVEN TYPES OF LONGEVITY TRAINING

These seven types of exercises are an integral part of a longevity program but have yet to be exhaustive. According to David Sinclair, engage in the activities joyfully and find meaning!

• Strength Training: Strength training helps sculpt or shape your body in ways that cardiovascular exercise cannot, in addition to reducing your risk of falling as you age. Resistance training can also Lift your mood and has been proven effective against some forms of depression
• Postural/Core Exercises: Any fitness program must include a core focus because strengthening these muscles will result in better posture, stability, and alignment.
• Mobility Exercises: Movement practice helps move a joint through a full range of motion, and active flexibility helps remove toxins and reduces joint pain and inflammation.
• Yoga Exercises: Long-term yoga practitioners have reported elevated mood, mental clarity, and muscular and strength movements.
• Cardio exercises: Cardiovascular help to elevate the metabolism, that is, the rate at which calories are burned. It will also help you build endurance for athletic pursuits and daily tasks.
• Balance Exercises: Balance training helps develop and maintain your ability to correctly hold your body’s position, which helps prevent accidental falls.
• Flexibility: Animals instinctively do it before movement and upon waking up. Aside from increasing flexibility and range of motion, regular stretching improves your circulation and cardiovascular health and even helps to alleviate some pain.

BENEFITS OF LONGEVITY EXERCISES

• Increased lifespan and Quality of Life
• Decreased risk of chronic diseases
• Improved cardiovascular Health
• Increased Strength and flexibility
• Boosted immune System

Notably, regular exercise can have many benefits for overall health and well-being. However, there are potential risks or drawbacks associated with certain kinds of activities or populations. For examples:

  1. Overuse injuries: Engaging in high-impact or high-intensity exercises can lead to injuries like stress fractures and tendinitis.
  2. Cardiovascular complication: Rarely, intense exercise can trigger untoward events such as heart attacks. This risk may be higher in individuals with pre-existing heart problems or other risk factors.
  3. Joint Problems: Some exercises, for example, running or jumping, can put stress on the joints. High-intensity exercises can put individuals at increased risk of developing osteoarthritis or other joint conditions over time.
  4. Mental Health Concerns: Exercise can be a double-edged sword like anything in Life. While regular physical activity can positively impact mental health, there is also a drawback of developing exercise addiction or Compulsive behavior. Consequently, this can lead to unfavorable outcomes such as social isolation, anxiety, or depression.
  5. Risk of falls: balance and flexibility exercises can help mitigate falls in older adults, but some workouts can increase the risk of falls or other injuries, particularly in individuals with mobility issues.

However, it’s important to note the benefits of regular exercise outweigh the risks for most people. It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine, particularly if you have any pre-existing health conditions or concerns. Also, speaking to Wellness COACH can help you develop a safe and effective exercise program that considers your individual needs and limitations.

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH LONGEVITY EXERCISE
• Consult with Wellness Doctor or Coach
• Start slowly & Gradually increase intensity
• Choose activities that his enjoyable
• Incorporate A variety of exercises
• Set Realistic Goals & Track Progress

LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEW BOOK “SMART HABITS – HEALTHY LIFE”

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FOOTNOTES:

Hollis Lance Liebman, Anatomy of Exercises For Longevity

Thanks for sharing!


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Consulting, Exercise, Longevity, Small Habits, Wellbeing


About the Author

Niran (Larinde) Ojomo is a Trusted Advisor, COACH, Speaker and Trainer certified with the Maxwell Leadership Team. He is the founder of Forward-Thinking Generation Next, a forward-thinking organization that challenges individuals and organizations to re-invent themselves, anticipate and adapt to the future and be culturally relevant in an increasingly complex globalized world.

Niran Ojomo

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