What ideas about aging need to be abandoned? adopted?

a new definition: aging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babies are 70- 83% water.

…Most adults are around 60% water…

SO.

Aging can be considered a process of drying out.

There's a lot beyond drinking water that we can do to stay physiologically lubricated & the implications are astounding! (Though we're excited for the day when this kind of information is common knowledge.)

The stiffness, crackles, aches & pains that many of us consider "a natural part of aging" are actually signs that our fascia is drying out.

Fascia is a connective tissue that wraps, contains & connects every other tissue in our body. It’s also a sensory organ.

When it's not hydrated through movement, layers of fascia can stiffen & adhere to themselves.

When it's not hydrated through movement, layers of fascia can stiffen & adhere to themselves.

Sitting, poor posture & a limited repertoire of physical activities lead to poorly hydrated fascia. Stress, fear, emotional & physical pain also dehydrate fascia.

 A good morning opening breaks up fascia that's tightened at night. But this alone isn't enough.

A good morning opening breaks up fascia that's tightened at night. But this alone isn't enough.

 Variation in movement--in speed, tempo, relationship to gravity & attention (whole self/brain engagement)--is necessary. Think of graceful, easeful, inspired movements rather than 'I should' or by rote, copied movements.

"The good news is that a large proportion of fascia is a type of liquid crystal—it’s water—so when we move in specific ways, water is squeezed back into the dried out tissues."

--Mary Bond

These are 80-93 year olds who have kept their fascia healthy. (And no, it’s not just good genes.)

 

 

 

 

there are lots of other factors in aging, but approaching our bodies as living, fluid systems dramatically changes how we are affected by time.