In youth, our bodies bounce back after red-eye flights, injuries, and overindulgence. But then somewhere along the way, that bounce turns into a slow stroll, maybe even a crawl. The truth is, most of our bodily functions peak around age 30, and then from there, gradually decline. By the time we reach 50, our bodies will have changed significantly, particularly if we were hard on it in our youth or suffered some kind of trauma or illness. Of course, everyone is different, but some of the changes that commonly happen with age include:
- Weight gain / belly fat
- Lower bone density
- Thinning hair
- Dry skin
- Decreased collagen production
- Slower metabolism
- Declining hormones
- Mood changes
- Joint pain
- Reduced muscle mass
- Decline in hearing, vision, smell, and taste
- Slower immune system
The good news is that even though you’ll probably have some functional declines that you’re stuck with (ugh, reading glasses!), many of them can be slowed or even reversed with a healthy diet and exercise routine. It just might take a little more effort and intentionality than it did when you were 20. Upkeep is crucial, and I’m here to help you stay accountable to your goals.
The way I see it, growing older just means we need to be more intentional about the way we live if we want to retain our vitality. Our aging cells and organs don’t tolerate the same stresses that they did when we were younger. As long as we keep this in mind and make choices that support our health, we can continue to live active and satisfying lives.