Get A Bang Out of Aging this New Year

Get A Bang Out of Aging this New Year

he end of summer is drawing near.  Did you take time to regain your vigor and excitement? You see all the ads about getting your beach body ready and almost everyone shudders. Our obsession with body image should be refocused on body health. For people over 40, the feelings of body inadequacies are only worsened by the changes that aging has on our sense of sexuality. It is a catch 22 as improving our vitality is heavily integrated in staying “ sexy.”

Attitudes about sexuality and aging – we can change the perceptions about sexuality via education and therapeutic approaches.

“The myth: Only the young are sexually attractive.

The culture we live in exalts youth. Turn on the TV or open a magazine and you’ll be barraged with images of supple skin, firm flesh, long eye leashes, full lips and lustrous locks. If your mirror is reflecting a different picture these days, you may feel like the party is going on without you.

The reality: Older can be quite sexy.
Sure, thinning hair, laugh lines, and a paunchy midriff are no picnic. But think back on what it was that made you attractive in your younger years. Was it your soulful brown eyes, your crooked smile, or maybe your infectious laugh? Chances are, those attributes are still as appealing as ever. In fact, a 1999 survey conducted by the AARP and Modern Maturity magazine revealed that the percentage of people age 45 and older who consider their partners physically attractive increases with age.”

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Somethings often seem easier in theory than in application. In the throes of Menopause and/or Andropause or just busy adult lives, how do we keep passion alive?

Sexual health and aging: Keep the passion alive

“Sexual feelings don’t disappear as you age. Here’s how to keep the flame burning.

Sexual health is important at any age. And the desire for intimacy is timeless. As you age, sex may not be the same as it was in your 20s, but it can still be very fulfilling. Discover which aspects of sexual health are likely to change as you age — and how you and your partner can adapt.”

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Keeping LifeFit® will keep you healthier and sexier. Biomechanics and physics teach us that things in Motion stay in Motion.

“You’ve likely heard that regular exercise can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis. But a growing body of research shows it may have another, more surprising effect: improving your sex life.

In men, regular exercise appears to be a natural Viagra. It’s associated with a lower risk of erectile problems. In one study, sedentary middle-aged men assigned to participate in a vigorous exercise program for nine months reported more frequent sexual activity, improved sexual function, and greater satisfaction. Those whose fitness levels increased most saw the biggest improvements in their sex lives.”

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Health & Wellness

Andropause and Aging Athletes 

 When it comes to aging, most people know about menopause in women. Yet, many have never heard of andropause in men. Andropause is the phase men go through when there is a decrease in the production of testosterone. During this time, men experience bodily changes similar to what women experience. Sex drive is one of the first noted complaints, as well as fatigue, depression, weight changes and general health begins to decline. Illness like heart disease and brittle bones are also signs of andropause in men. 

Male athletes that have worked hard to keep their bodies in shape often find that during andropause, using bio identical hormone therapy can help to prevent medical issues associated with aging 

 For male athletes that want to increase their testosterone levels naturally, the best line of defense is, and always has been, through a committed exercise program. Exercise, especially when maintained actively can increase testosterone and help men to continue building strength to help with aging bones and muscles naturally.  

An issue that many men facing andropause have included in their battle against aging has been incorporating the use of steroid drugs and synthetics into their system. Not only are these drugs dangerous, but over time they effectively tend to break down the composition of muscles, thus reducing the strength that andropausal men are trying to maintain. 

 Having a diet rich in leafy green vegetables is suggested to help maintain muscle agility and strength. Leafy green vegetables also provide antioxidants and fuel needed for maintaining a strong exercise regimen. As a matter of fact, leafy green vegetables are the primary ingredient in many anti-aging pharmaceuticals because of their natural ability to fight the signs of aging in both men as well as women.  

 Herbal remedies and vitamins like vitamin C and E are exceptional for athletes as they have been shown to reduce post-exercise muscle fatigue and soreness, especially in men that are susceptible to andropause. Aging athletes that try to use performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) often find that they begin feeling the very bodily stresses that they were trying to prevent in the first place.  

Sure, they may lose weight fast or build some muscle mass faster than they would through traditional ways, but those build-ups don’t tend to be long lasting and their health and well-being could end up suffering in the long-run.