Contrary to the federal guidelines of exercising at moderate intensity for 2-1/2 hours a week for most adults, a doctor who specializes in wellness and anti-aging from Tucson, Arizona and is the author of Anti-aging 101, Dr. Frank Comstock says you don’t need that much. In fact, if you are a beginner he even suggests starting with just five minutes of exercise twice a week and working your way up from there. How far do you work yourself up to? Only 1 hour a week. But that hour a week done in 3 20-minutes sessions consists of interval training. The example given in our source article from the Chicago Tribune is to walk at a normal pace for 2 minutes and then walk as fast as you can for 30 seconds. That is one interval. Repeat until you have done your 20 minutes. Of course, you are supposed to increase the duration of the fast section and decrease the duration of the normal pace section as you become more acclimated to the workout.
What I like is that he suggests just finding an exercise form that you like such as the walking above or swimming or doing squats or whatever. If you don’t hate it the chances are you will stick with it.
One additional suggestion was given which is a really good one I use myself (although I use 5 minutes) on a day when you just don’t want to work out. Just tell yourself that you will only do it for 10 minutes this session. Usually once you get started you will continue. If that doesn’t work, going and looking in the mirror just might do the trick.
This is the same thing I learned from reading Dr. Sear’s book The Doctor’s Heart Cure several years back. Nice to hear others are starting to give the same advice as well in the anti aging field. Additionally from Dr. Sears, I have learned we also want to add some strength training as well. Need to keep those muscles strong so as to keep falls to a minimum.
Medical Implants for an Aging Society
Under the category of cool technology (OK, I’m a geek at heart), this article tells us of all sorts of new medical implants and such that are being developed now. Among these are:
- a “smart” cardiac stent that warns when the stent is failing
- a wireless drug delivery device that can be implanted in a specific area and may lend itself to cancer treatment or even pain control
- orthopedic implants with anti microbial agents
- implants that deliver electrical stimulation allowing quadriplegic patients to recover some upper body movement
- a deep brain stimulator for treatment of Parkinson’s and other such motor diseases
- slated for the future (maybe 2020) is a coronary artery built from your own cells
A market research group out of Cleveland thinks the American market for medical devices which can be implanted will reach $49,000,000,000 by 2014. I can only guess it will just keep increasing from there.