The human being is 2" taller in space after the 2nd day. Stu Mcgill studies have shown that the spine hydrates the best at night with 8 hours rest. At 6 hours we don't get enough hydration, hydration brings nutrition to the discs. Over 8 hours and the discs get to hydrated or enlarged and if you have a back issue this will often create more back ache on waking.
Jumping rope should be part of every runner or athletes repertoire. It teaches stiffness and relaxation. Nice pulsing activity.
If you ask most late 30's to late 50's individuals all would say that they would love to have healthier joints and be stronger overall. Chances are they were taught wrong (if taught at all) in weight lifting. I'm noticing a lot of people my age were taught to arch hard in the lower back when squatting. It does provide stability, but it crushes the bones/discs. Stable then, pay for it later. How much would it be worth to hire great strength coaches to put into high schools and teach kids how to be strong safely? I think the ROI 20 years down the road would be huge. Just something I've been thinking about lately.
Strength covers a multitude of health issues. Some health insurance companies are paying for gym memberships now, but what if there were some fitness milestones that could be hit that would reduce rates? It seems smart for both parties. To get life insurance a nurse had to come to my house to take blood, get my blood pressure and do a basic health screen. So perhaps some physical ones as well?
Can you do a pull up? How about can you get down to the ground and up again 15x in 60 seconds?
Can you walk a mile in under 20 min? Can you carry 25% of your body weight for 40 yards? Can you squeeze a captains of crush gripper (selected for your age group). All of these activities have been shown to have an influence on health. Again, this is just something I've been thinking about lately.
Stomach is a dissolver. Small intestine is an absorber. Colon is a transformer. Good way to think about your digestive system.
Fish oil has been shown to help stop sarcopenia. I think everyone should take some fish oil everyday, but this is a must for the elderly.