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Have you ever ...?

Have you ever contemplated the length of your life?

Every generation, from the Silent Generation, the Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y/ Millennials, and Gen Z, to the latest, Gen Alpha, has its common behaviors, thoughts, actions, and objectives. However, all generations have a beginning and an end.

Science is currently exploring ways to extend our lives, and we will soon reach the age of 130 with advancements in medical science. But the question is, how healthy will you be at 100? What about 90? Let’s make it even easier- how will you be at 80?

Imagine being able to walk, go to the supermarket, and travel the world with hard-earned money from your early years. Picture yourself celebrating your grandchildren’s sweet 16 parties, dancing, dining, and enjoying all the activities that life has to offer. The answer lies in your hands. You are the owner of your life, and you decide the path you will take.

Will you live to the fullest until your last breath, or will you depend on others to care for you? Today, we can embrace our 90s and 100s with strong and healthy bones, flexible joints, and a happy spirit. Fitness and well-being are the keys to unlocking the golden years.

I like to call these upcoming years the “Gold Years,” where you can dance at a party and effortlessly lift luggage onto an airplane as you travel the world with love and happiness. It all starts with taking action today.

The secret of prolonged youth is an attitude; invest in your fitness and well-being to live one hundred and twenty years old, in good health, and with a clear mind.

Maintaining Muscle Mass

Muscle mass begins to decline gradually from the age of 30. This decline, known as sarcopenia, accelerates as we enter our 40s and beyond.

For women, the hormonal changes during menopause further contribute to the loss of muscle tissue. This decline in muscle mass can lead to various issues, including reduced metabolism, weakened bones, and an increased risk of falls and fractures.

Women at Different Stages:

In Your 30s:
◦ This is a crucial time to establish a foundation for muscle health.
◦ Resistance training and weight-bearing exercises can help build and maintain muscle mass.
◦ Balanced nutrition with adequate protein is essential for muscle repair and
In Your 40s:
◦ Hormonal changes may lead to increased fat storage and decreased muscle mass.
◦ Strength training becomes even more critical to combat these changes.
◦ Focus on a well-rounded fitness routine that includes cardio, strength, and
flexibility exercises.
During Menopause:
◦ Hormonal fluctuations can accelerate muscle loss.
◦ Prioritize strength training, paying attention to major muscle groups.
◦ Adequate calcium and vitamin D are crucial for bone health.

What You Can Do:

Strength Training:
◦ Engage in regular strength training exercises at least 2-3 times per week.
◦ Include both compound exercises (targeting multiple muscle groups) and isolation exercises.
Protein-Rich Diet:
◦ Ensure an adequate intake of protein to support muscle repair and growth.
◦ Include lean meats, fish, beans, and legumes.
Cardiovascular Exercise:
◦ Combine strength training with cardiovascular exercises for overall health.
◦ Walking, jogging, or cycling contribute to heart health and weight management.
Hydration and Nutrition:
◦ Stay hydrated to support muscle function.
◦ Consume a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals essential for muscle health.

The Impact on Executives:
Executives and professionals with sedentary jobs face unique challenges when it comes to preserving muscle mass. Prolonged periods of sitting can accelerate the loss of muscle tissue.
This occurs for several reasons:
1. Limited Physical Activity: Hours spent at a desk or in meetings often leave little time for physical activity during the workday.
2. Muscle Atrophy: Prolonged sitting can lead to muscle atrophy, where muscles shrink and weaken due to inactivity.
3. Metabolic Impact: A sedentary lifestyle can slow down metabolism, making gaining fat and losing muscle easier.
For busy executives, it’s vital to incorporate strategies that counteract these effects:

By addressing the specific challenges of a sedentary work environment, executives can take proactive steps to mitigate muscle loss and maintain their overall health and vitality.

Tips for Executives:

  1. Regular Breaks: Take short breaks throughout the day to stand, stretch, and move around. Even a few minutes of activity can help combat muscle loss.
    2. Desk Exercises: Simple exercises at your desk, such as seated leg lifts or desk push-ups, can help engage muscles during work hours.
    3. Lunchtime Walks: Utilize your lunch break for a brisk walk, encouraging muscle engagement and promoting overall well-being.
    4. Post-Work Exercise: Consider scheduling workouts or strength training sessions after work to compensate for prolonged sitting.
    5. Ergonomic Workspace: Ensure your workspace is ergonomically designed to reduce strain and discomfort, encouraging better posture and muscle engagement.

Lorena Diaz Aoun