The Truth of How to Turn 50 or 60 into the New 30 – Part I

By the time you become a baby boomer, you have probably joined the ranks of the millions of people around the country who are searching for the fountain of youth. And if you find it, you may just be able to turn back the hands of time, or at least keep you looking younger. As a personal trainer, I may not have found the fountain of youth per se, but my lifestyle keeps me looking younger than I am, and it can work for you as well!

At 33 years old, people are always mistaking me for being 21. Whether I’m being carded to buy alcohol or having one of my friends be mistaken for my dad. My lifestyle, which is taking care of myself, keeps my body from aging at a faster rate than if I didn’t make physical fitness a priority. This is the key to making 50 or 60 years old become the new 30!

Each year there are billions of dollars spent on anti-aging tips, tricks and products. Everyone is trying to find the secret. But if you have an understanding of how the aging process works, you will be far ahead of the game and can slow the aging process down yourself, without spending money on fancy products and procedures. In my three-part series, I am going to explain exactly how you can help slow down the aging process, beginning here with understanding what aging is.

Aging is simply the rate at which we all age. What happens when we age is that our cells divide and become damaged. The real kicker here is that the lifestyle we live can either speed up or slow down this process. Some of the things that speed up the aging process include:

Not getting enough sleep.
Having elevated blood sugar or insulin levels.
Having a deficiency of nutrients.
Being a smoker.
Being under stress.

The two most important things that age your body’s cells are inflammation in the body and insulin resistance. Because of this, it is crucial that you focus on fighting chronic inflammation in your body and avoid insulin resistance.

To fight inflammation, you need to eat a healthy diet, which includes avoiding processed foods. It is important that you eat a lot of plant based foods, such as nuts, grapes, apples, broccoli, spinach, and turmeric. To help avoid insulin resistance, you need to focus on being physically active, eating healthy, and getting plenty of sleep.

In part two, we will look at what else you can do to slow the aging process, including oxidation and glycation. For now, start taking a look at your diet and physical activity level, so you can begin your journey of making 50 or 60 the new 30!