This is one of the topics that will be discussed during the Global Wellness Summit that will take place within the Technogym Village. Delegates will discuss future trends and business opportunities in the wellness market with a focus on the Italian context in areas such as food, art, design and fashion.
First step: change the point of view
And what better testimony than athletes who remain competitive even far beyond the age-limit for their sport? Roger Federer and Serena Williams are just a couple of famous examples. Starting from their stories, Bercovici has introduced a new perspective on anti-ageing, taking care to emphasise a key element: staying young for a long time is not an exclusive prerogative of professional athletes.
Train to avoid ageing
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), a training method that alternates moments of very intense activity with periods of exercise at lower intensity, would in fact activate a series of physical processes that would bring different benefits at the cellular level. In this case, the secret lies in finding the right balance. The ideal would be to restart training in this way: 20% at high intensity, 80% at lower intensity. But how do you know when you are doing a really high intensity exercise? The most effective indicator is your heart rate: it must increase a lot, to the point that your training becomes so tiring that it is unpleasant. While you're training, you should ask yourself the question: Can you withstand that degree of intensity for a long time? If the answer is no, then you're on the right track.
But the benefits of strength training go far beyond that. First of all, this type of physical activity is fundamental for the construction and maintenance of the skeletal muscle, which is closely related to weight. The skeletal muscle, in fact, burns many calories, and its reduction involves a slowdown in metabolism, the main cause of weight gain that often occurs with advancing years. In addition, strength training has also been associated with beneficial effects at the neurological level: this type of exercise would be able to improve cognitive functions.
Training for beauty
With ageing, telomeres tend to wear out, and as a result cells age. These activities would be able to slow down this process, keeping the cells in good condition for longer, with a noticeable rejuvenating effect.
If changing the routine to make everyday life less stressful may seem much easier to say than to do, meditation or other practices of mindfulness may be a solution: even just thirty minutes a week of relaxation could improve life and make it even more beautiful.