So, you are a 45-50 year-old individual. In your wisdom, you are thinking, “Yea, I”m middle-aged”. Here is a sobering thought: Who ever told you that you’d live to be 90-100 years of age? The current metrics as gathered by Stats Canada certainly does not support this assumption. Truth be told, all things remaining the same, you are less likely to live past 79. All that this opening statement serves to illustrate is a realistic, mortality check and to place your elevated feet solidly back on the ground.
In consideration of the food we consume in the typical Canadian diet, the sedentary lifestyle we choose to conduct, the socio-economic environment within which we live and the steady decline of the medical provisioning system in this country, here are some thoughtful reflections.
A recent paper published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention reports that the incidents of occurrences of “old aged” disease among this segment of our population is alarming high. Heart disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome (Note: Metabolic Syndrome – a clustering of conditions of five (5) risk factors including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar , trunkal fat and abnormally high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides that occurs together or in any random combination, which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes), inflammation and chronic pain-related conditions associated with aging and over-use are significantly above earlier predictions.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Just pay your local neighborhood “Walk-In” clinic an impromptu visit. Consider those coming through the door. Make some subtle observations. They look pretty much like you and I. 40-somethings. 50-somethings. 60-somethings and older. They breath heavily, are mobility-challenged, overweight and ashen-pallored. If not already diagnosed they are on the cusp of being so, in most or at least one of the conditions as indicated above, They are in search of an opiate for pain, sleeplessness or depression, , or some other form of pharmacology preparation for any malady of ailments as indicated.
All is not lost however. We need to make a positive, purposeful and deliberate change to liberate ourselves from sickness, the possibility of the onset of sickness and ill health that prevents a full and robust return to an active lifestyle. That active lifestyle is not without some dedicated effort. A regular and frequent combination of exercise, healthy nutrition and effective rest and recovery is essential. That said, statements like these make the process sound all too easy. Its not. But appreciate that the road to a fitter, healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle is not without its bumpy sections. Rest in the thought that type 2 Diabetes is reversible. Inflammation, the main culprit for joint and body pains is reversible. Obesity is reversible. High Cholesterol and triglycerides are reversible thus, heart disease is controllable. High blood Pressure is controllable, All of this comes with a single caveat – change. Change can oftentimes, especially initially, present a challenging situation which can at times come with difficult sections but the subsequent sense of accomplishment is always worth the effort.
In upcoming issues, we will be providing informative guidance and counsel on just how you can get there. Stay tuned.
Aubrey Bryce is the owner of Enduro Training Systems. For the past 20 years he has been serving Toronto’s lifestyle-fitness, multisport and cycling communities. He is also Director of the Health and Wellness Clinic in association with The Regent Family Medical Clinic in Toronto. He own and operates LeCycletique and indoor Cycling Clinic in Forest