September 23, 2006

Ageing, mind and oxygen


Psychologists have found that many of the changes that take place in our bodies and minds are associated with ageing depend on our ‘programmed expectations’. In our society it is assumed for instance that at thirty the first wrinkles appear, at forty middle age starts and at seventy the mind begins to lose its clarity. But according to studies only 12 percent of the population has even the slightest predisposition to the kind of changes that result in senility; yet as people get older they become increasingly worried about it until they may work themselves into a kind of vicious circle of depression and anxiety which results in decline. How you age may have a lot to do with what you expect to happen. Change your expectation and that will help.
Ageing and oxygen:
Oxygen plays an important, positive part in protecting the body from age-related damage too. ‘Maximum oxygen consumption’ is the way scientists measure your body’s ability to transport and make use of oxygen for cell metabolism. As you get older this ability decreases at the rate of about 1 percent a year. The lower your oxygen consumption, the less vitality you have and the more susceptible you are to many illnesses. An aerobic exercise program followed regularly over a few weeks can recapture 40 years worth of oxygen capacity which has been lost earlier.
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