Not as straightforward a question as it seems. There is your chronological age but how old is your body ?

Joseph Pilates said, “ if your 30 and your spine is stiff then you are old, if you are 60 and your spine is flexible then you are young”.

So your body , and indeed mind, can be younger or older than your years. Whats more if your body is younger then you can increase your life expectancy and reduce your risks of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

You can effectively turn back the clock and make your body younger by reducing health risk factors and adopting and implementing a positive approach to your health and well being.

Clearly reducing risk factors include not smoking, just modest consumption of alcohol and reducing stress. Positives include good diet , including reducing prepared food, exercise, adequate sleep and relaxation.

So the simple message is that with the right approach you can make a real difference whatever your starting point.

“ No matter how old you are, or what physical condition you are in, exercise will always make the body younger “ Dr Bertil Markland The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer. However you do need to exercise regularly since as Dr Markland says “ Exercise is a perishable item, it cant be stored in the body, but has to be repeated on a regular basis”. Joseph Pilates had a similar view.

Exercise is therefore an important part of any wellbeing plan and part of becoming younger and living longer. you need though to look across all the important dimensions including diet , sleep and relaxation.

These four elements are the key components of “The 4 Pillar Plan” by local doctor Dr Rangan Chatterjee The book is subtitled How to Relax Eat Move and Sleep, Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life.

Over the Christmas break I was clearing out some books as was shocked by the number of self help books I had, many of them as yet unread and probably destined for the charity shop. However The 4 Pillar Plan is well read and we thoroughly recommend it.

Dr Chatterjee has now published a second book dealing with that curse of modern life, Stress. His answer is The Stress Solution, The 4 Steps to Reset Your Body , Mind, Relationships and Purpose.

Jan and I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Chatterjee recently at a book signing and were impressed by his down to earth approach. We discovered that he had an interest in Pilates too and understands its benefits. We do hope that there may be an opportunity for Dr Chatterjee to talk in the studio in due course.

In the meantime we recommend two New Years resolutions. First to read Dr Chatterjee’s books and Secondly to keep doing regular Pilates. Lets all plan to keep our bodies younger !

Classes restart from Monday 7th January and there is still time to book. Welcome Week is from 7th to 12th January and there are free trial classes and an Introductory Workshop.

We wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year

Jan and Peter

Studio Directors Alderley Pilates

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Peter and Jan and the Alderley Pilates team