“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.”
Mid-teens and Middle Age
Mid-teens is commonly seen as the transitional stage of physical and psychological human development, that generally occurs during the period between puberty and legal adulthood. It is during this time, that there are significant influences on our lives that are embedded and become habits of the future. Positive influences and routines are often set for the long term and can have a material positive impact on future wellbeing.
Middle age is that time in life linking young adulthood to old age and it is characterised by discernible signs of ageing. Wikipedia describes it as, a time when “physical fitness usually wanes, with a 5–10 kg (10-20 lb) accumulation of body fat…..Strength and flexibility also decrease throughout middle age….. Yearly mortality begins to increase more noticeably from age 40 onwards, mainly due to age-related health problems.” Despite this accelerated deterioration, lives get busier and people tend to look after themselves less. As a result, health and fitness are often neglected.
The “M” Effect
Small lifestyle changes can have a material impact on a person’s life, not only now but in the future. Numerous studies have concluded that improving fitness and health anytime between the period of mid-teen and late middle age can not only delay mortality but also improve the quality of life in old age. These changes do not have to be onerous. They can be fun, rewarding and make a huge positive impact on life. The ‘M’ Effect is my scale that balances the negative influences of growing up and ageing, against a sustainable healthy and fit lifestyle. Join me on a journey to maintain a balance on that scale!!
“He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not.”
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