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The Importance of Keeping Fit for all Ages!


For young people it is very hard to relate to old, or even middle age. Being old just does not occur to us. This is a shame, as we could prepare for our old age on an ongoing basis and  end up having a far better quality of life in our “golden years”!

Obviously there are many things that are unavoidable, but one inevitable aging process we have control over is loss of lean muscle. As early as our late 20’s we start losing skeletal muscle. These are the voluntary muscles that attach to our bones, that we use to carry out our daily lives. This loss is known as Sarcopenia.

In most cases, it is the loss of muscle that causes older people to be frail, to shuffle, to be unable to lift slightly heavier things, to lose their balance and in general, to have a decreased quality of life.

There are two things we can do to stave off sarcopenia. The first is getting off the couch and being more active. Most importantly, engaging in a strength training program.

The second, is to eat a high protein diet. Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscularity. It is most important to eat protein after a workout, but spreading protein consumption evenly throughout the day is extremely beneficial.

Keeping these two important tips in mind could be the way to enjoy a more productive and healthy older age.


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Nikki is the owner/director of Seasons Family Centre. She completed a diploma in photography at Fanshawe College, followed by a degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after she finished a post-graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Over the next few years she extended her education through various courses in psychology, counselling and play therapy at George Brown College, Hincks Delcrest and Cross Country Education. For the past several years Nikki has been running art programs all across the city of Toronto at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes. She also runs play therapy groups at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices as well as private art therapy sessions. Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program.

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