By: Karin Boode, PhD
The other day I watched an interview with Dr Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist, who does research on age reversal. He states “what we are doing is keeping people healthy. I don’t work on longevity, I work on health”. According to Dr de Grey calorie restriction is part of the age reversal equation. Research on calorie restriction in animals has shown a 30 – 40% increase in lifespan. He does point out though that this not necessarily mean that we can increase our lifespan by upwards of 30% through calorie reduction, but it does show the importance of not overeating.
Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. With the over abundance of food that is at our disposal, we have become used to eating more than we need. We are no longer eating just because we are hungry. We eat because we are stressed. We eat because we are having a good time. We even eat simply because others around us are eating. By taking measures against overeating, you will be able to bring your weight in the healthy zone and once you reach the healthy zone, keep your weight under control.
Obviously, there is more to being healthy than calorie restriction. In our Healthy Habits Key to Wellness program we are focusing on many of them. Here are some examples (not in any particular order):
- Making healthy food decisions
- Limit toxic exposure
- Quit smoking
- Stress management
- Good sleep
Besides the diet, our program also focuses on exercise, sleep and mental well-being. We have provided exercises that can be done at home to make it easy to become more active. But at the same time we realized that this may not be enough for every one. That is why we decided early on to start working together with Northwest Senior Fitness, a fitness center ran by Dr John Voelz, who holds a PhD in Physical Therapy and Exercise Physiology. The results of this cooperation have been significant. That is why we are excited to let you know that Dr Voelz has decided to join us. Starting today, December 3 you will be able to find him in our practice. We have made the necessary changes to our suite to accommodate the fitness equipment. Here are some pictures to show you what I am talking about:
What this means for you is that we are now offering an extensive exercise program. You will be using specialized exercise equipment perfect for seniors. You’ll have an exercise and balance program tailored to your needs and abilities. We monitor your program and your progress and we will stay in touch with your physician. You can come as often as you want. If you want to know more about this program, please contact us at (815) 704-5433.