Fitnesstrends: Reverse Ageing
Fitnesstrends: Reverse Ageing
Although nothing can be done to stop the clock on our chronological age, we now know how to reverse biological ageing, so we literally live in a younger body.
We expect Reverse Ageing programmes to increasingly be part of the offer being delivered by health and fitness businesses worldwide.
This trend ties in with the industry’s move to wellness which is seeing health club operators collaborating with the wellness industry to deliver testing and personalised programmes around nutrition, lifestyle, mind body and relaxation.
The trend is part of a general move toward prevention and wellbeing which is replacing the once dominant focus of the fitness industry on looking great at any cost – often at the expense of genuine health, with the use of steroids and illegal supplements.
The work done by Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel showed how telomeres – caps at the end of our chromosome, which protect them from deterioration – can be lengthened to reverse ageing with the right lifestyle interventions.
Blackburn and Epel collaborated to write The Telomere Effect, which explained that if we eat a largely plant-based diet, sleep well and exercise regularly, we slow or reverse the deterioration of our telomeres. Maintaining strong social connections also helps.
The bad guys are the usual suspects of obesity, sugar consumption, smoking and exposure to too much stress and these speed the decline and hasten death.
Increasingly, people no longer accept that as they age, it’s inevitable their physical and mental capacity will diminish.
Excepting those with genetic disorders which lead to disease, it’s now recognised that it’s possible to live a healthy and active life free of disease until at least the mid 90s and – for some people – even longer and the health and fitness industry has a vital role to play in delivering on this outcome for millions of people.
Looking at the bigger picture, as the world’s population ages, the importance of healthy ageing is becoming a priority for governments and an opportunity for both businesses and organisations which work for social good. We expect reverse ageing and healthy ageing to become a major part of the health and fitness industry agenda in the next 20 years.
The World Health Organization’s official position is that “Every person – in every country in the world – should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.”
“There’s no typical older person,” says the WHO. “Some 80-year-olds have the physical and mental capacity of a 30-year-old. Others require extensive care and support for basic activities. Policy should be framed to improve the functional ability of all older people.”
Health and fitness operators who want to get access to practical support and advice relating to setting up reverse ageing and healthy ageing programmes will find expert guidance at the FIBO trade show and conferences in April in Koln, where both health and fitness and wellness providers gather to share knowledge and information about the latest protocols, equipment and services.
By Liz Terry, Redakteurin, HCM Magazin
Ⓒ Cybertrek 2019