Do Pilates and Bring Your Grand Mother….

Joan chooses Pilates for her Well being.

Joan chooses Pilates for her Well being.

Get Moving and Bring Your Grand Mother…..

‘Pilates Past 50’ sessions from JaxAllenFitness.com

“I have some older clients who can articulate their spine better than someone 20 years younger, and their fluidity of movement is expressed in a balanced body that moves confidently through space.”

To reverse the effects of aging in seniors Jax stressed that a, flexible spine, focused mind, strong core, legs and feet were essential to balance any body that is to move gracefully and youthfully.

Pilates focus on balance, flexibility, breathing and strength are some of the methods’ key concepts that help oil the joints and condition the body and mind to reverse the effects of ageing.

British journalist, broadcaster and politician Joan Bakewell is now in her seventies and has been doing Pilates for over a decade. Pilates, she says ‘ I want stability.’

Bakewells senior Pilates workouts gives her “a tremendous sense of well-being.” Pilates addresses almost all of her functional needs at this stage in her life. “I didn’t want exercises that left me puffing and red in the face, nor did I want to pound machines.’

‘What I wanted was Subtlety, thoughtfulness and at my own place in a quiet and peaceful setting.”

Jax Allen offers Pilates and other fitness training to combat the effects of ageing, stress and improve well-being in Cheltenham and Gloucester for everyone no matter what age or ability level.

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#2 Beat Ageing

2 Beat Ageing
Step 2: Stop Spinning: You’re Just Spinning Your Wheels

Spinning classes can be fun, if you like sitting in one place and torturing yourself. But have you noticed how little people change their bodies in these classes? Sure, it’s good “cardio”, but cardiovascular conditioning can be gained with far less time and effort.

Spinning, and any form of endurance training (especially running) does very little to help the age reversal process. Many times, these long-duration exercise bouts accelerate the aging process by increasing free radicals. These free radicals are scavengers that prey on your body’s essential nutrients and tissues.

There’s a smart way to exercise.. more of that later.

You can get all the cardio training you need while working on your sexy body.
There really is NO need to waste your precious time on a treadmill, cycle or rower!!
A current research shows that if you run for 30 mins a day you will get the exactly 30 mins added to your lifespan – not such a great deal- especially if you don’t like running!

More anti- ageing tips soon.

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These 4 Foods Accelerate AGING (beware!)

These 4 Foods Accelerate AGING (beware!)

 

Do you eat these harmful foods that AGE you faster?  Some are even deceptively marketed as “healthy”

Avoid or minimize these and look 5-10 years YOUNGER

 

I’m not particularly bothered about getting older, but that’s probably because I think I’m ageing OK.  I’m fit enough to have a go at most things, my lean muscle is good and I keep my body fat% is under control. I feel able to keep up with girls half my age and wouldn’t worry about the prospect of a swimsuit beach holiday..  BUT I think that’s down to the choices I make when it comes to exercise, smoking and alcohol and especially food…..
Due to biochemical reactions in your body that occur with every type of food you eat on a daily basis, some foods age you FASTER than your real age, while other foods help to FIGHT aging.

Eat the wrong foods regularly, and you can look and feel 10 or more years OLDER than your real age (not fun!) … but eat the right foods, and over time, you can start to look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age.

 

Three of the processes that go on inside your body that have a MAJOR impact on your rate of aging are called “glycation”, “inflammation”, and “oxidation”.  When we talk about aging, we’re not just talking about wrinkles on your skin or how thick your hair is… we’re also talking about factors that you can’t see, such as how well your organs function, and whether your joints are degrading.

 

Yes, I’m sure you’ll agree this is much more important than just how you look superficially (although improving BOTH IS BETTER!)

So let’s see how your rate of aging can be directly related to the foods you might eat every day, and how to protect yourself…

 


Food #1 that ages you faster: 

Wheat (yes, even “whole wheat”)

Before I tell you why wheat can actually speed up the aging process in your body, let’s clarify some simple biochemistry in your body…

This deals with “glycation” in your body, and substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).  These nasty little compounds called AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage over time to your organs, your joints, and of course, wrinkled skin.

So with that said, what is one of the biggest factors that increase production of AGEs inside your body?  This may surprise you, but high blood sugar levels over time dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs in your body.

This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age.  But this age-increasing effect is not just limited to diabetics.

So, let’s get back to how “whole wheat” relates to this…

Here is a little-known fact that’s often covered up… but the fact is that wheat contains a very unique type of carbohydrate (not found in other foods) called Amylopectin-A, which has been found in some tests to spike your blood sugar higher than even pure table sugar.

 

In fact, amylopectin-A (from wheat) raises your blood sugar more than almost any other carbohydrate source on earth based on blood sugar response testing.

 

This means that wheat-based foods such as breads, bagels, cereals, muffins, and other baked goods often cause much higher blood sugar levels than most other carbohydrate sources.  As you know now, the higher your average blood sugar levels are over time, the more AGEs are formed inside your body, which makes you age FASTER.

 

You’ve probably heard about the potential health-damaging effects of gluten (also found in wheat) in the news recently, but this blood sugar aspect we just covered is not talked about that often, and is yet another reason to reduce or eliminate wheat-based foods in your diet.  Your body will thank you by aging slower and looking YOUNGER!

 

Another problem with wheat-based foods and aging…

As it turns out, baked wheat products contain carcinogenic chemicals called acrylamides that form in the browned portion of breads, cereals, muffins, etc.  These carcinogenic acrylamides have been linked in studies to possible increased risk of cancer and accelerated aging.  Note that acrylamides are also found in high levels in other browned carbohydrate sources such as french fries or any other browned starchy foods.

Don’t worry though… There’s a trick that you can use to protect yourself from these carcinogenic acrylamides, and it has to do with eating the RIGHT foods that COUNTERACT damage from these nasty chemicals.
Food #2 that ages you faster:  Corn-based foods

 corn syrup, corn cereal, corn chips, corn oil

 

This is quite a variety of stuff that you might eat every day… we’re talking corn chips, corn cereals, corn oil, and also the biggest health-damaging villain that gets most of the media attention, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

We already talked in detail in the last section about wheat regarding the blood sugar process and it’s relation to age-accelerating formation of nasty “AGEs” in your body.

Well, corn-based starchy foods such as corn cereals, corn chips, etc also have a big impact on blood sugar levels and therefore can increase AGEs in your body and accelerate aging.

 

But here’s another nail in the coffin for corn… it turns out that scientists have found out that the fructose in HFCS causes 10x more formation of AGEs in your body than glucose!  Yes, that’s right… that means the HFCS you consume daily in sweetened drinks, and most other processed foods (yes, even salad dressings and ketchup) contribute to faster aging in your body… as if you needed yet another reason to avoid or minimize HFCS!

 

We’re not finished yet… it gets even worse…

Another major issue with corn-based foods and corn oils is that these foods contribute excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids to your diet, which causes an imbalance in your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and leads to inflammation and oxidation within your body. Another example of corn-based foods aging you FASTER.

 

My advice:  Avoid or reduce corn-based foods like corn chips and corn cereal as much as possible. These aren’t as bad as wheat in relation to blood sugar, and they don’t contain gut-damaging gluten like wheat does, but they are still bad for you.  Corn syrup or corn oil, avoid as much as you can if you want to stay lean and young looking.

 

 

Food #3 that ages you faster:  

Sugar, sugary foods, certain starchy foods
Again, we get back to the relationship between your average blood sugar levels and blood sugar spikes over time, and how that can increase those age-accelerating compounds called AGEs in your body.

Sugar is an obvious one to avoid.  You’ve heard how bad it is for you 1000 times before for many other reasons, including your waistline and developing type 2 diabetes.

But now you also understand the aging effect of sugar.

Instead of sugar, consider using a natural non-caloric sweetener like Stevia in your daily coffee, tea, in baking, and other sweetening needs.  This dramatically helps you control your blood sugar response and thereby help slow aging.

This also means that you should think twice about sugary desserts, sugary cereals, chocolates, and other sweets that are contributing to aging you faster.

 

A good trick to satisfy a sweet tooth is to have 1-2 squares of dark chocolate after dinner instead of a normal full dessert that most people choose.  You only get about 2 grams of sugar in 1-2 squares of dark chocolate as opposed to 40-80 grams of age-accelerating sugar in a typical cake, ice cream, or brownie type of dessert.

 

Keep in mind that some starchy foods like white rice, oatmeal, and white potatoes can also have significant impacts on your blood sugar and thereby can increase formation of AGEs in your body.  These foods are best kept in small portions if you decide to eat them, and balanced with healthy fats and protein to slow the blood sugar response.

 

 

Food #4 that ages you faster:  

Soybean oil, canola oil, or other “vegetable oils”
I know these have been marketed to you over the years by giant food companies as “healthy”, but if you understand the biochemistry and how these highly-processed oils react inside your body, you would quickly see how false that is.

First, anything labelled soybean oil, canola oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, or cottonseed oil (these are in a LOT of processed foods you probably eat) have usually been refined under extremely high heat and use of chemical solvents such as hexane.

This leaves you with an oil where the polyunsaturated fats have undergone a lot of oxidation and are therefore VERY inflammatory inside your body, producing free radicals, damaging your cell membranes, contributing to faster aging, heart disease, and other possible health problems.

 

If you want to avoid the health-damaging effects of soybean, canola, corn and other “vegetable oils”, make sure to avoid them as much as you can, and instead opt for truly healthy oils and fats such as extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, virgin coconut oil (a healthy source of MCT fats), and grass-fed butter (a great source of healthy CLA fats).

 

 

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5 Steps To Looking 10 Years Younger

5 Steps To Looking 10 Years Younger
Did you know that once you hit 40 years of age, whether you’re a man or a women, your body starts aging FASTER than normal?
Studies have shown that without the proper nutrients and exercise, your body will age about 6 months EXTRA for every year that passes.
Think about that! If you are 40, that means by the time you hit 44 you will LOOK and FEEL 48. And by the time you reach 60, you will LOOK and FEEL 70 YEARS OLD!
I see this every day… just look around you friends that seem to age faster than others.
Did you know that 90% of people over the age of 35 lose enough muscle every year to burn off an additional 4 pounds of body fat?
That means you not only lose the only thing on your body that creates shape, tone, and strength—you also gain more fat every year, even if your calories stay the same.
Did you know that all of this is reversible at any age?
That there are specific ways to move, eat, and think that tell your brain to STOP this rapid aging process… and even SLOW IT DOWN to the point where you’re aging less than a year for every year?
That means you can look younger at 40 than you do at 35… or if you’re like me, better at 55 than I did at 40!
This is not fantasy. This does not require a boatload of anti-aging drugs, supplements, or gimmicks. And, this works for anyone, male or female, and works at any age. 35, 45, 55, 65, 75… you name it. The biology is exactly the same.
My almost 30 years as a teacher trainer, fitness instructor and nutrition advisor have allowed me to peer into the secret routines of expert after expert. Over the years, I have picked up SO many tips, tricks, and strategies that have allowed me attack the aging process, at least from a cellular level. That means your body can look, feel, and MOVE younger than your chronological age.
We’ve taught this System to countless men and women over the years, and it always begins with these 5 key principles you must apply in order to STOP the rapid onset of aging that’s going on right now, reverse it, and begin “aging backwards” by restoring your body’s natural youth hormones.
That said, we have to warn you: What you are about to hear may go against all the conventional diet and exercise advice you’ve been hearing. That’s because the world has, to be utterly frank, gone soft! “Core training”, hot yoga, spin classes, tai chí all of these are just fine, but they won’t slow your aging, and they certainly will never shape your muscles or burn off stubborn body fat. No way!
These 5 steps reveal the things you absolutey MUST AVOID if you want to slow the aging process, reclaim your health, and achieve your ideal body.
Step 1: Forget Low-Fat Diets
Low fat everything has been the craze now for decades and look around. What has that wonderful bit of advice done for the bodies you see? We’re fatter, sicker, and more addicted to sugar and carbs than any other time in history. And, we’re passing these habits to our children.
Fats are not to be feared – they’re to be embraced. They do not make you fat; rather, they help your body regenerate your power hormones. Testosterone, the ‘strength’ hormone, for example, is the direct result of cholesterol and dietary fat intake. That’s right: “Cholesterol” isn’t a dirty word! Your body needs dietary fat and cholesterol in order to produce ANY AND ALL vital hormones.
People on low fat diets look drawn, gaunt, and weak. They are often sick, sometimes to the point of literally breaking down. And, they can never just enjoy eating out. Every meal and every gram must be accounted for. Do you really think this will make you younger? Of course not… it will worry you to death if it doesn’t kill you first!
Step 2: Stop Spinning: You’re Just Spinning Your Wheels
Spinning classes can be fun, if you like sitting in one place and torturing yourself. But have you noticed how little people change their bodies in these classes? Check out the size and fat on the thighs of your spin instructor.  Sure, it’s good “cardio”, but cardiovascular conditioning can be gained with far less time and effort.
Spinning, and any form of endurance training (especially running) does very little to help the age reversal process. Many times, these long-duration exercise bouts accelerate the aging process by increasing free radicals. These free radicals are scavengers that prey on your body’s essential nutrients and tissues.
There’s a smart way to exercise… we’ll cover that in a minute. And, what’s wonderful is that it takes you about ¼ the time of traditional workouts. We’ll cover more details on the next page.
Step 3: Stop Blaming Everything On How Old You Are
The people you see are not fat because they are old—they’re fat because they eat, think, and move like a fat, old people!
I’m in my 50s—older than most of the people I train  —and I still slip into a fgure hugging lycra everyday, and I watch them transform from the typical “middle age mom” to slim, toned, and super-sexy women who looks at least 10 years younger.
Listen: Your body doesn’t own a clock. Studies have shown that men and women in their 90s were able to gain muscle tone in just a matter of weeks of simple weight training.
If you’re surrounded by people who constantly talk about growing old, moan about all their aches and pains, and how life is just down hill after 40—LEAVE!
Surround yourself with positive thinkers who absolutely crave a challenge. A challenge is what keeps you YOUNG, and the best challenge there is happens to be taking control of your health and body.
I can show you HOW!!
Step 4: Avoid Chronic Dehydration
Water isn’t just “good for you” — water burns fat. Water suppresses hunger. Water renews your skin. Just drinking 12 ounces of pure water every day can take a few years off your face in a matter of weeks. You’ll also drop fat, have more energy, and save your kidneys and liver from chronic overwork.
When your kidneys are taxed from too little water, your liver has to take over.
Now: Your liver is your number one fat-burning organ. Do you REALLY want it processing liquids and toxins rather than BURNING FAT? No!
Well, grab a glass of water, and watch the mirror. Within a few weeks, the change to your face and body will be noticeable.
Step 5: Work Out LESS (Yes, Less)
If you don’t work out at all, you’re going to lose muscle tissue every year. That means you’ll get fatter and flabbier each and every year with less shape and more sag.
Is this what you desire?    No!!
Well, the answer is old school resistance training. Here’s the secret: hardly anyone is doing it properly!
The clients that look best — and that means looked youngest, most toned, and had the least amount of unwanted fat — were the ones who left the gym while others were still warming up!
Over the past few years,  I have developed a nutrition & workout system that’s a revolutionary way of combining five basic movements,  done in literally a matter of minutes with little equipment. That’s ALL YOU NEED… And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
That’s right: Follow my program and you won’t do endless cardio sessions and you won’t spend an hour a day in the gym. We all have a life, thank you. We have kids and grandkids too!,
We value being both fit and real people at the same time.
My training system is my personal breakthrough to achieving an ideal body, staying in tip-top shape in minimal time, and having a life outside a studio or gym.
WARNING – THIS PROGRAM ISN’T FOR EVERYONE! 
I’m not going to lie to you: My system is definitely not for everyone. For example:
If you enjoy spending an hour or more a day working out, this is NOT for you (and good luck with those free radicals!)
If you think you can “spin” or run your way to a younger, time-changing body, go for it… my stystem is not for you.
And, if you are not prepared to work very, very hard for a very short period of time, this is not for you.
I won’t lie: it is hard work — anything that produces this kind of radical age-defying result will never be a walk in the park.
However, it’s FAST – it’s EFFICIENT and –  it’s SAFE.
Fair enough? Hey, if you’re looking for an EASY way , then Google “Pipedream Workout” and maybe you’ll get lucky. I know of at least one gym where the promise is ‘a relaxing workout’
They boast a weight loss of about 14pounds over 12 months – I would give your money back if you folllowed my program – did your 3 workouts every week and only dropped 14pounds!!
But perhaps the hint is in the title of their plan – How can it be relaxing AND a workout?
SO – If you want REAL results that are truely IMPRESSIVE that are backed by REAL science you should join up.  BONUS – You’ll look and feeel at least 10 years younger!!  Promise…
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