Mr. Universe Turns 100!

San Francisco home care celebrates a body builder’s 100th birthday. In 1952 Monhar Aich won the Mr. Universe International Body Building Championship. Today he still stands happy and healthy as ever, even at the age of 100. He celebrated his birthday in Kolkata, an eastern city in India, with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren this past Sunday.

So how does this 4 foot 11 inch, “Pocket Hercules,” as he was nicknamed continue to stay healthy? A simple diet and balanced lifestyle keep him going strong. His diet consists of milk, fruits, vegetables, rice, lentils and fish. A primarily vegetarian diet keeps his body going strong.

Throughout his years, Aich has been training other bodybuilders to follow in his footsteps. As he told the Indian Express newspaper, “I didn’t become rich. There is not much money in bodybuilding, but there is respect. And for that, I wouldn’t mind being a bodybuilder in my next life as well.”

While Aich has led a fulfilled and happy life, his one regret is never having
me his fellow Mr. Universe, and former local California Gov. Arnold

Consistent Exercise Prevents Muscle Loss As We Age

San Francisco home care knows as we age, our bodies become more fragile and we begin to lose muscle tissue. Particularly after the age of 40, people typically loose eight percent of muscle mass each decade, and increasingly more past the age of 70.  San Francisco At Home Care states that some “studies have [even] found that as [we] age, [we] not only lose muscle, but the tissue that remains can become infiltrated with fat, degrading its quality and reducing its strength.” Leaving the elderly less mobile, and less independent.

So what can we do to prevent this?

A recent study found that consistent exercise not only keeps you healthy as you age, but it also prevents muscle loss.  A study was conducted among people (ranging in age from 40-70) who exercise 4-5 times a week and the results were encouraging.

“There was little evidence of deterioration in the older athletes’ musculature.  The athletes in their 70s and 80s had almost as much thigh muscle mass as the athletes in their 40s, with minor, if any, fat infiltration.  The athletes also remained strong.” Keeping with the notion that being active will help keep you being active, well into your years.

“What we can say with certainty is that any activity is better than none,” Dr. Wright says, “and more is probably better than less. But the bigger message is that it looks as if how we age can be under our control. Through exercise, you can preserve muscle mass and strength and avoid the decline from vitality to frailty.”

Any activity is better than none, so take a hike with a friend, plant a new garden or walk to the grocery store instead of driving.