The predetermined and yet never-ending battle with time is a fundamental factor behind the popularity of working out. Resistance training is supposed to slow down time and keep you younger, but is the barbell powerful enough to accomplish this task?
Genetics & Stress
Some people age slower than others thanks to their favorable genes. The genetic element remains the most important part of the equation, and yet you can’t do anything to influence it. You can train all you want, but if you don’t have the genetics to age gracefully and worry about every slice of bread you put on the table, the 50s are not going to be the new 40s for you.
Stress, the next crucial variable, is more susceptible to human intervention. In theory, your attitude towards the events in your life can amplify or diminish your stress levels. In practice, things are a little different. Everyone has a breaking point. Sooner or later, you will be tested. I can assure that even the wisest sages do not live stress-free lives.
Natural Bodybuilding Will Make You Feel Younger
Lifting weights may be boring, but it’s also one of the safest sports out there. Lifters do repetitive actions part of a carefully elaborated plan. This makes the margin for error smaller because the variables are reduced to a minimum.
When you play sports like football, you never know what is going to happen. Lifting weights also shares this characteristic, but the room for surprise is slimmer. After all, lifting is a solo sport. You depend mainly on your own decisions.
What about steroids?
Steroids are another big variable. They can do both – keep you younger or age you.
Premature aging of the face is observed when young people between the age of 18-28 start taking steroids. There are many young bodybuilders who are barely 20 years old and yet look 30 or more. Those guys usually abuse a lot of substances that fatigue the human body and cause premature aging.
Meanwhile, older guys who are on TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) for acceptable reasons feel much younger and stronger.
When regular weightlifting and good nutrition are part of one’s lifestyle, the aging process slows down. People who train regularly and eat right perform and feel better.
Unfortunately, this is just a small weapon in the big scheme of things. The real key to slower aging requires improvement in the world outside of the gym. An hour in the weight room every other day represents only a small portion of one’s life.