Taking care of yourself is ageless
We tend to worry about ageing once we start to see the effects of it, either externally – wrinkles on the skin, more flaccid skin, difficulty in losing weight, hair loss… – or internally – menopause and andropause, loss of elasticity and muscle strength, joint problems. However, ageing begins long before we notice it: it does so from the moment we stop growing.
Ageing is the slowdown of the natural mechanisms of cellular repair, which become insufficient or less potent than the mechanisms that generate cellular damage. Proof of this is that we do not have “ageing genes”, but “repair genes”. Therefore, we should start as soon as possible to maintain the ideal state of the body; and, of course, before the cellular damage becomes irreversible.
Today, we cannot fight against ageing to achieve “eternal youth”, but we can slow down the molecular mechanisms that lead to ageing. This is just what centuries-old people have been doing throughout their lives. It is the actions of a lifetime that lead us to age more slowly.
Promoting Healthy Ageing
There is no age from which we should work on anti-ageing treatments, but we could consider them from the age of 25-30, which is when we have reached physical fullness.
All SHA professionals work entirely with the idea of promoting healthy ageing. We have doctors who specialize in studying the individual risks that cause ageing, including genetic factors. Accordingly, we can advise on the most cost-effective measures or which factors we should focus on from a young age.
At SHA we have a team of personal trainers and one of the best fitness equipment, with specific programs to improve physical condition. Besides, we have the best healthy nutrition, which combines the principles of Japanese and Mediterranean diets. Also, we have our magnificent Mind & Body team, and the cognitive health team, to help the development of body-mind balance or even provide treatment in case there is any dysfunction. All this in a unique facility in the world, with more than 25,000 m2 dedicated to improving health and wellbeing.
Advancing along the path of prevention
Fortunately, the message of preventing our health and trying to maintain a healthy body and mind from our youth is getting through to us. However, the very fact of being young makes us less afraid of certain risk elements such as tobacco, alcohol, drugs, etc., thinking that they do not harm us when in fact they are very harmful from the beginning of their consumption.
For all these reasons, we still have a lot of work to do to make progress in prevention. Our approach is to identify what our strengths and weaknesses are so that we can work early to promote the former and keep the latter at bay.