How Sprinting Slows the Aging Process

How Sprinting Slows the Aging Process

Want to age well and maintain the ability to move as well as prevent any more injuries? Sprinting is the answer you are looking for. Find out how sprinting can slow down the aging process.

What images do the words “power”, “speed” and “athleticism” conjure up? Usain Bolt? Olympic track events? Something with Red Bull logos plastered all over it?

I have no intention of ever competing at track and field events and I hung my boxing gloves up permanently due to a physical disability. What I want is to maintain my ability to move well as I age and maximize my resilience against anymore injuries. Becoming stronger in the process sounds good, too. So why would I care about sprinting, speed or power?

What is Speed?

First, let’s define speed. Speed means moving quickly, which we all do (intentionally or unintentionally) on a daily basis. For example, running to catch a bus, grabbing a falling glass or throwing the dog’s ball. Sometimes we need to move quickly as a means of protecting ourselves from injury, such as leaping out of the way of unseen cyclist or breaking our fall if we trip over something.

What is power?

It’s basic physics: power = force x speed. Therefore, power is the ability to move something of mass (everything) quickly. Out of the examples above, the ones that involve the most power are the ones that include the most mass—leaping out of the way of an incoming cyclist or breaking one’s fall.

How Sprinting Slows the Aging Process

As we age, a negative health factor that affects us all is the loss of muscle mass, decreased bone density and losing the ability to move quickly. Regardless of age, the human body is the great adaptor and will adjust to any stimulus that is regularly applied, but the brain operates on a “use it or lose it” principle.

If a body is habitually seated in a chair, the brain will adapt wonderfully by shortening tissue here, lengthening tissue there and reducing bone density because it’s not required, effectively making the body chair shaped.

Conversely, if the body is consistently subject to moving three dimensionally, lifting things up and sometimes moving quickly, the brain will make the necessary adjustments and athleticism will remain or develop.

Franz Snideman is one of the most knowledgeable, skilled, positive and humble personal trainers from whom I’ve had the pleasure of learning.

The bulk of his clients are real people between 50 and 80 years old and he helps them develop and maintain athleticism as they age. When I say athleticism, I don’t mean Olympic athletes like Usain Bolt.

Instead, Franz helps his clients move in three dimensions, lift up heavy things, fall over safely and move quickly just in case they ever need to. Franz has a background in competitive high-level sprinting and has designed his Primal Speed sprinting workshop with we mortals in mind.

If you’d like to:

  • Be skilled at moving your body quickly without risking injury
  • Increase confidence in your ability to leap out of the way of incoming danger without injury
  • Avoid the fear of falling and not being able to get back up
  • Keep your fast twitch muscle fibers alive as you age
  • Learn how one of the best brains in the industry has broken down the locomotion movement pattern and made sprinting accessible to the masses
  • Discover a great way to optimize fat metabolism through safe exercise and maximize the efficiency of your training

I can’t recommend Franz’s Primal Speed sprinting workshop highly enough.

Written by Philip Mcdougall

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