The Sands of Time – why activity keeps us young

//The Sands of Time – why activity keeps us young

The Sands of Time – why activity keeps us young

You’re getting older. I know you don’t like hearing it, but the fact is that we’re all trapped in the clutches of Mother Time and she isn’t letting go. What we have to remember though is that growing older doesn’t make you ancient; it makes you human.

Nobody enters their 50th year to find their clothes no longer fit or that stairs have become impassable overnight. You do need to take steps to maintain your health in the long run, however, and there are a few inescapable factors we have to deal with.


Our metabolism slows down over time. Maintaining the same exercise-to-diet ratio that you did ten years ago will make your clothes a little tighter around the waist than you’d expect. In light of this, might it be time for a change?

Where Are My Hormones?

Our hormones are responsible for many of our youth-like qualities. One unfortunate price we pay for our growth in wisdom and responsibility is that their production falters. There’s nothing we can do to increase it, but by using our behaviour to boost our health and wellbeing, we can counterbalance its effects.

Old Bones

Hopefully, you took mother’s advice and drank plenty of milk as a youngster and were rewarded with healthy, strong bones. Sadly, these also deteriorate with age as they lose calcium and other minerals making them both more soft and weak.

While we don’t mean to make ageing sound quite so daunting, it is important we consider our own mortality now and again. Fortunately for us all, each of these age-based nuisances can be countered with the right mindset.


Take control of your body by exercising and reclaiming your youth. Fauja Singh epitomised this by being the oldest man ever to run a marathon, at 101 years old. Before you panic, we aren’t asking you to run 26 miles, swim across the sea or climb Everest; do whatever exercise you can, within your daily schedule, to provide your brain with fresh, oxygenated blood.

Get to know the local park by walking there a few days a week. If you’re desk bound (which sadly the majority of us are) then why not take a few calls on your feet or take a stroll to a nearby shop instead of the canteen for lunch?

Gym work and intense cardio are great for the body, but what we’re really advocating is that need to energise your body every single day in smaller ways. They say sitting is the new smoking, and we’re all getting steadily addicted. Break the mould and start activating today: reignite your metabolism, build stronger muscles and boost your brain power.

Don’t worry about the extra candles on your birthday cake – if you’re active and in control, you can probably even afford an extra slice this year!


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About the Author:

Joni and Ntsiki
Joni Peddie is a keynote speaker, conference facilitator, MC, health catalyst and executive coach. She is passionate about partnering with leaders and teams to ignite cohesion, collaboration and performance. As founding member of the Enneagram Institute of South Africa, and behavioural strategist, Joni focuses on exploring what makes people ‘tick’ and on how to harness the complexity of interpersonal relationships. Joni co-authored the book: The FAB Quotient™: Experience Resilient Energy and Fight Fatigue,to enable people who are sick, tired and stressed to become more resilient in our time-poor society. Through her business, Resilient Energy Centre, Joni offers keynote talks and workshops which cover a range of topics for overall wellbeing: • Developing Emotional Intelligence • Playing to the strengths of your personality profile • Energy management is the new stress management • The Science of Productivity Joni’s ‘pride’ and source of tremendous joy are her two teenage daughters. Joni is married to Gavin, and they keep themselves active by travelling and exploring SA and abroad. Joni loves running (5 Comrades, 7 Two Oceans and London marathon… Berlin Marathon is next on her agenda). Ntsiki Mkhize is a social entrepreneur, speaker, MC, facilitator and change agent. She is passionate about working with people to inspire, connect and empower them to discover their purpose, and then implement practical methods for personal and business success. Ntsiki works with Joni Peddie at The Resilient Energy Center as a keynote speaker empowering individuals, teams and organisations with pragmatic, science-backed tools and techniques, to be resilient in this VUCA world. • Why? Team members are sick, stressed and near burn-out. • How? Personal and organisational resilience is needed in this ever-changing and complex world. • What? The FAB Quotient™ framework for resilience is: Fuel for sustained energy + Activate for brain fitness and to reduce stress + Behave for better self-awareness and more effective collaboration. Ntsiki coaches on personal branding, living on purpose and personal development. She is co-founder of The Princesses Foundation; director at Pamanda Properties, Pamanda Farming and eKasi Entrepreneurs; presenter and content producer for Basic on; presenter on CareerConnect for Business DayTV and host of That’s 20’s Podcast. Ntsiki believes in service and developing others and volunteers as a mentor at Phakama Women’s Academy and Hadithi Wethu. Ntsiki is the author of her soon to be published book: My Hall of Mentors: Lessons Learned Along the Journey of Success. In addition, she writes regularly on the topic of Living on Purpose. She holds a B.Com Marketing Management and B.Com Honours Logistics Management from the University of Johannesburg, where she is the Ambassador for their Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

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