The First Step…

“Oh God, wow that hurt, I’m not sure I can do this anymore,”  Panting, huffing and puffing…I thought I was going to black out…this never used to be this hard… The darkness closed in, it was all constricting, I struggled harder and was rewarded by a few rays of light appearing, I knew I didn’t have long, I was starting to feel faint and then with a snapping noise… I finally got my wetsuit on! Seriously though since hitting 40 a few years ago, I’ve started to notice things which used to be easy (like pulling my damn wetsuit on) seem to be getting harder, I take longer to recover after doing sport, I have a few more creaks, aches and pains, It’s harder to keep the weight off, I’ve definitely got less energy, and more worryingly… I just have less lust for life. Now, I realise that for most of us, these are just the signs of getting old and I should just shut up, stop whinging and get on with it…but ever the stubborn mule I’m not prepared to go gentle into that good night. Added to this is the fact that due to being the same stubborn dumb ass I managed to work myself quite literally to death in my 30’s and have spent the last 5 years getting back to some state of health…so I feel like I missed out on the prime years of my life and, quite frankly, I want them back. So that’s why I’ve decided to embark on this journey over the next year to see if I can feel (and hopefully look) 10 years younger in just 12 months. “Impossible,” you say?  Well, hang on a minute, the science wouldn’t quite agree. For those of you old enough to remember there’s a classic sketch in Only Fools and Horses where Trigger is talking about his road sweeping broom… “I’ve had the same broom for the last 20 years, I look after it well, this old broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles.” says Trigger. “How the hell can it be the same bloody broom then?” In this case you’re Triggers Broom. Your cells die, replicate and are replaced with new ones over a time span ranging from every few days to 7 -10 years… Meaning in 7 – 10 years you will be an entirely new person, just like Triggers Broom. The Problem? This cellular replication process is not perfect. Things like toxins in the environment, exposure to sunlight, poor diet, lack of movement and a whole host of other things cause new cells to be slightly less perfect copies. Think of it like taking photocopies of photocopies, until finally the document is unreadable. This is the basis of ageing and declining performance which we call “growing old.” Here’s the thing. Your body holds a copy of the original, perfect cell, the blueprint if you like. And it’s possible, by doing some very specific things, to move your cells…

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