As we get into our 40s, things that happened for us more easily in the past are not quite there for us now. Things like our weight, recovering from illness, and especially recovering from injury. Things that didn’t hurt before, hurt now, and the battle against age is really starting to hit home. But all hope is not lost as there is still much you can do to stay fit, healthy and active. I will be 48 quite soon, and am a judo instructor who still competes at high levels in judo competition. In fact, I regularly beat guys half my age who are arguably stronger and fitter than myself. How do I do this? What do I do to maintain my body in good shape and health to keep me competing at high levels?
There’s four things I regularly do to maintain my body health aside from the gym and weight training. That side of things helps my fitness, but this side of things helps my body sustain the rigors I put it through.
Unsurprisingly, chiropractic care is my number one choice. I get an adjustment once a week whether I feel I need it or not. When you consider the effects of life on your spine and joints, they are continually being compressed by gravity, and as a more active person, this effect is compounded with working out, weight lifting, and even my own job with adjusting people. You wouldn’t believe the effect adjusting people has on a chiropractor!
Chiropractic care helps to reduce the chances of injury and also helps to treat those injuries that I do have and prevent them from getting worse. The effects of decompressing my joints on a weekly basis has a significant impact on my body which enables me to get an extra bit of leverage on the judo mat.
The second thing I do is ice my neck, upper back and shoulders for 20 minutes every night. After the rigors of the day, icing in the evening is the perfect way to help the body reduce inflammation. No more than 20 minutes at a time though, but on evenings of tournaments, I will do 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off and 20 minutes on again to really help reduce inflammation. Every morning I end my shower with a 30 second blast of cold water as well.
Yoga and stretching exercises are also great ways to help decompress joints and reduce inflammation.
Finally, proper nutrition and eating the right foods. For me, I have found that eating less protein and more in the way of fruit and vegetables has really helped me. Many diets proclaim protein, but I have found the opposite true.
The bottom line is, maintaining and managing your body’s health especially over the age of 40 is vital because it is extremely easy to let it go. Hippocrates, dubbed the father of chiropractic once said “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.” He is so right, keeping your spine and joints healthy and decompressed really helps in the overall wellbeing of a person, particularly the over 40s.