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Diet and Exercise

Diet and Exercise

The Simple Stuff Is What We Should Commit To As We Age

Forget needing to do cross-fit or hot yoga every day, it seems the simple stuff is what we should commit to as we age.

Wellness expert Dr Damian Kristof spoke to Kylie & Kev about the exercise and diet habits we should incorporate over the years.

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“As we get older, we don’t want to be starting to do stuff, we’ve got to be continuing to do exercise, so we’ve really got to be doing things when we’re younger so it’s easier when we’re older,” he cautioned.

“It seems to me a lot of people kind of wake up at the turn of the decade and go, ‘oh my gosh I’m about to turn 40, 50, or 80’ and it’s all a little bit too late to be trying to rewind the clock ten years to what you should have been doing a decade before.

“I would always suggest you stay strong and continue movement all throughout your life. If you look at cultures that live a long time, they age really well, have low levels of cancer, diabetes and heart disease – they just move every single day. It’s not like they’re doing cross-fit and F45 or hot yoga every single day, they’re just moving, so it’s not that hard.

“It’s recommended if you want a healthy heart or to keep the joints moving really well, walk for 30 minutes, five times a week at a pace that stops you from singing but you can continue to talk, that’s a really good place to start.”

In terms of diet, if your exercise level drops away, the amount of food your body needs reduces over time.

“Your stomach acid decreases by about ten percent from the age of 40 every single decade, so by the time you’re 80 years old, you’re down to about 60 percent of your normal hydrochloric acid,” Dr Kristof told Kylie & Kev.

“Your ability to digest is significantly impaired, so you won’t digest food as easily as what you used to when you were 20, 30 or 40, so when you’re 80 you do require less fuel to keep going. “If you’re slowing down in your years you definitely don’t need as much food. Of course picking the best quality foods ALL the time is a really good thing to be doing.”

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