Midlife is where you can feel yourself aging.
Remember your 20’s and 30’s? You were a physical behemoth who could crush rocks and climb mountains.
Now, in your 40’s and 50’s, your sore muscles and thickening waistline remind you of your age every day.
But there’s great news:
You can reverse this and feel 20 in your 50’s and beyond.
Make these two small, natural changes and you’ll feel younger in a week:
1. Eat More Fiber – It does more than boost metabolism…
Fiber keeps you satiated and gives you a healthy colon. But it also keeps you nimble.
Believe it or not, fiber reduces inflammation throughout your entire body. This means less soreness, faster recovery, and pain-free joints.
But there’s a catch:
Fiber supplements don’t lower inflammation. Only fiber from natural whole foods work. That’s because only whole foods contain the phytonutrients that feed the good bacteria in your gut. This has a direct effect on nutrient absorption and nourishment to the rest of your body. It also keeps you feeling full.
Not only that, but healthy gut flora prevent inflammation by releasing chemicals that control your immune response. So get out the cutting board and start chopping some broccoli.
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Pro tip: Women aim for 25 grams of fiber daily. Men aim for 30 grams.
2. Mobility and Functional Strength Exercises to Reverse Aging Joints
After age 40, you lose 1% of your muscle mass per year…if you don’t do anything about it.
So what should you do?
Functional strength exercises. Squats, deadlifts, pushups, and pull-ups. These exercises involve natural movements like bending down and picking things up, which is why they’ll have the greatest impact on your everyday life.
It’s imperative that you do mobility exercises before and after your workout. If not, you may wind up exacerbating imbalances in your body.
Foam rolling is fun, easy, and my favorite way to warm up. It not only gives you greater range of motion, but it prevents further injury by allowing you to engage your muscles evenly. I explain how this works in my article on the best foam roller for back pain.
So if you’ve never had a warm-up or cool-down practice, you can start with a simple foam roller.
That’s all, folks! High fiber, and functional strength exercises with foam rolling before and after. Try these out for a week and watch your body age backwards.