How to make one change to age less so you can play more

How to make one change to age less so you can play more

When I was young, I played the violin. It sounded ok when I played alone but when I played in the orchestra, that was when it sounded amazing.

And ageing is a bit like the orchestra. It’s not just one instrument, there are many and they need to operate in harmony for the best results.

And it’s no good just tuning the violin for a pure sound, every instrument in the orchestra needs to be in tune.

I find that this analogy makes it easier when talking about ageing.

There are so many claims that this pill or that herb or that juice will keep you youthful. And each of these may be beneficial but they are like violins without an orchestra.

A quick fix sounds so appealing but it just won’t give you the results you want.

To remain youthful, you need the whole orchestra to play in tune.

What causes ageing?

I’m not talking about getting older, I’m talking about ageing. We all grow older everyday but we don’t age at the same rate. I’m sure you’re aware of people who look much younger than what you’d expect from the number of candles on the cake.

Ageing is the result of damage at the cellular level which then translates into how your organs function and your body copes on a day to day basis.

The body has built in anti-ageing mechanisms

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"How to take action even if procrastination is keeping you out of commission"

"How to take action even if procrastination is keeping you out of commission"

Kids sorted. Lunches made, uniforms on, hair tied, teeth brushed and dropped off at school. House tidied, washing on the line.

Ah – That sweet moment when there are no JOBS to do. FREEDOM.

Oh what to do with my time today.

Mmmmm – I could actually exercise?! Maybe hit the treadmill, or go for a walk in the park.

Actually – Why not ring some friends and see who's free for a coffee. Or maybe I could do ANYTHING that’s on the overdue list.

Ever felt like that? You know something would be good for you, or there's something you really NEED to do - BUT NOOOOOO!!! RESISTANCE kicks in

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What have Boot Laces got to do with Staying Young?

What have Boot Laces got to do with Staying Young?

I have a pair of boots that I can best describe as 'KILLA' - they are red patent leather, Natasha Marro ankle boots with a black tongue, stiletto heels, cloven hoof toe..... I absolutely love them and always feel a million dollars when I wear them and I definitely feel youthful.

The plastic ends of the laces have come off, though, so it's always a bit of a mission to lace them up as the ends of the laces are frayed. Yes, I could invest in some new laces but I manage with the original. 

So, here's the thing. Our chromosomes have ends on them as well to stop them fraying - the end bits are called TELOMERES. Don't worry, I'm not going to get all sciency on you but if you are interested in preserving your vitality and youthfulness, you'll want to read this.

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How do you measure preventative care?

How do you measure preventative care?

You’ve heard the phrase ‘Prevention is better than Cure’ hundreds of times. You’re probably even undertaking preventative care right now. If you’re eating a healthy diet or exercising frequently, this is preventative care - these are activities to keep you healthy, to prevent disease.

The question is how do you know that what you are doing is actually having any effect.

I have a friend who was undergoing treatment for cancer and she said she didn’t know what she could change when the chemotherapy was over as she was already eating a healthy diet and exercising before the diagnosis. You probably know people who have similar stories.

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