BG2: Want to live longer? Apply within

…there’s no denying that the ageing process exists.

For most of us, it actually starts in our late 20s, after our initial burst of growth and development.

Once we peak, we must all face a very gradual physical decline.

Even for top sportsmen, at the summit of physical fitness, the ageing process will soon start to kick in, by reducing by one per cent every year the maximum rate at which the heart can beat.

This may sound a lot. But even at the age of 70, if you’re otherwise fit, you’d probably only notice the difference if you tried to exercise flat-out to the absolute limit. (And I wouldn’t advise trying that.)

The truth is that most of the limitations that older people experience are not caused by ageing itself — but by the way people choose to live their lives as they grow old.

There you go.  One of the reasons we’re living longer is because we are no longer sitting down and giving up after a ‘long hard life’.   

…the good news is that with a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle, you can help reduce those limitations — allowing you to defy the years by staying healthy and active right into your 70s and beyond.

As Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, puts it: ‘We now know that we can postpone many problems that we have assumed to be due to ageing but which well-designed research now proves to be due to loss of fitness, preventable disease and loss of morale’.

Most of us get sick and die because we think that the condition we are in is simply a result of our age and something that can not be avoided.

If you can go for an hour’s brisk walk without being out of breath, take care of your body to the point where you escape preventable diseases, and you look forward to life rather than looking back, everything else will slot into place.

The three golden rules:

No matter what age you are, it’s seldom too late to start regaining some of your youthful energy, strength, flexibility and appearance.

There are three crucial elements that will increase your chances of having a relatively trouble-free and independent old age.

– You have to become fitter — even if you already have one or more long-term conditions.
– You must actively reduce your risk of developing disease
– You need to adopt a positive attitude to life, its problems and opportunities.

All three of these goals are realistically within your grasp.

And don’t worry: they don’t involve wearing Lycra, going on a starvation diet, or chanting every day before breakfast.

Blubbergeddon is not just about losing weight.  Losing weight is simply one of the hugely important steps to take if you want to actively reduce your risk of developing disease, and you will find it easier to be fitter when you aren’t permanently carrying another child (or two) around.

Blubbergeddon is also not about quick fixes.  If you’re out of breath checking the letterbox, nobody expects you to run a marathon in a few months.

Blubbergeddon is about being a little healthier than a week ago, a little fitter than a week ago, a little more happy than a week ago – and then time takes care of the rest.


– Sir Muir Gray, Mail Online


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  • la la land

    My father died in his early 60’s due to being overweight and unfit. My mother – although fitter than my father is extremely overweight and in denial. I look at them and I am terrified of spending my retirement hampered by a lumbering unfit body. Its one of the reasons I joined Blubbergeddon – if I dont do somethng now it will just get harder to shift.

  • jude

    This is definitely a post that I will enjoy following.
    The advise here is oh so true.
    I have found that exercise, is not only good for your figure, but I have found it great to relieve stress too.
    I have caused some laughs from my girls, when I have been caught out striding away on the cross trainer while discussing(in my head, so I thought) very important issues that need sorting!
    All the best for every one else on this journey too!
    With perseverance and Whale oil support our goals are achievable:)

    • Cowgirl

      Exercise is great for stress as going outside will put all other issues in perspective, allows for some serious time to think, and gives you a chance to work out aggression/frustration. Plus all those lovely buzzy endorphins :)

  • Fat Sally

    Well it has motivated me to get off my butt, been for a few walks already, cant run yet due to a sprained ankle a month ago.

    I start back at work Tuesday and have decided I will walk from 6am to 7am to kick start my day.

    Have avoided temptation of eating pastries so far and turned down the craving of beer simply because it is a hot day.

    Change of mind set helps already even without jumping on scales. Good luck to fellow participants.

  • Alexander K

    La La Land..
    I recently enjoyed my 75th birthday and I emphasise ‘enjoyed’ as I am much fitter than I was at 70. I train vigorously three times per week and my motivation is kept high as the effects on my body of Type2 Diabetes are very slowly being rolled back measurably after years of merely worrying about the condition, a singularly profitless strategy but one I opted for for a long period after diagnosis, telling myself I was ‘too busy’ to seriously pursue personal fitness. I finally realised that nothing would change for me unless I made it happen. Thank goodness I I was persuaded by my kids, all adults now and into fitness in a big way.
    My advice is to go to a reputable gym and tell them you wish to take charge of yourself. If your sensible about progress for yourself, don’t focus on weight loss and are consistent in working out, you will reap enormous benefits for years ahead.
    Good luck!

  • Wallace Westland

    I’m not expecting miracles, in the immortal words of Doctor Hook “I’m much to fond of beer” and I’m not giving it up. I am however cutting it back and looking closely at my diet and the amount I eat.

    Lack of exercise has also been a big part of my problem and I’m thoroughly getting into the exercycle.

    Good luck all as a new work week looms. I survived the weekend and work will keep me busy. Enjoy the tune.

  • Kelvin

    A word of warning to those that think being fitter will end your aches and pains. It doesn’t. The fitter you get the harder you push yourself. The harder you push yourself, the more you hurt. The more you hurt, the fitter you get. The fitter you get, the…

  • Monito

    Having a dog in your life is the very best – you simply have to get out and walk every day. (Yes I know not everyone is a good owner)

    • Mikex

      Spot on Monito, we have two dogs and at walk times every day they demand we go out come rain or sunshine. It’s fairly hilly around here and so as a 71 yr old I’m kept reasonably fit entirely due to their nagging.
      Walking the dogs also gives it a purpose and provides company while exercising.

  • Chris EM

    Anyone else got this ad on this thread?
    Google Ads is listening in.

    • MaryLou

      No, but I found this almost more disconcerting:

      • Chris EM

        Err. What is that?

        • MaryLou

          I’m not loking closely, bit isn’t it a lump of sucked out fat, with blobs of blood?

          • Chris EM

            That was my thought, too.

    • jude

      Just do not fall for the old “subscribe to diet pill” solution. From back chat last night , not a good plan

      • Chris EM

        Oh, dear Jude. (shaking head)