To Age or Not to Age?

By Arielle Giordano

Our bodies want to move and have strong muscles.

Did you know that every day, no matter what our current health status, we have a clear choice: we can grow older or we can grow younger. The truth is that, yes, in terms of linear time we all grow “older” every day. But we absolutely have a choice in the “relative” age of our bones, muscles, internal organs, and skin. 

You get to decide if you want to spend your days feeling vital, energetic, healthy, and joyful. It’s up to you whether you use your body to exercise, dance, travel, and play in life. Or, you can be confined by joint and back pain, have limited mobility, and lack physical strength—all of which can keep you sitting on the sidelines watching others do what you wish you could do again.

Did you know that after age 35 our muscle cells begin a slow process of dying unless we exercise? Without exercise, a negative chain reaction starts with energy loss, less activity, cell loss, and muscle loss. Suddenly, before our very eyes, we develop the attributes of an “old” person! We find ourselves not being able to do the things we used to do so easily.

You may ask yourself, “How does this happen?”

Every cell requires a source of energy to fuel and power its life, and this energy is called mitochondria. Most cells have only a small number of mitochondria, while muscle cells have so many—in the tens of thousands—that scientists have not been able to count them all! The reason muscle cells are the key to longevity and keeping us young is because they contain 95 percent of the body’s mitochondria.

Scientists also have discovered that in addition to powering the cells, mitochondria play a huge role in our rate of aging and the length of our life. Mitochondria keep us young when we protect and nurture them! Hence, the myth that we no longer have control over our own aging process is debunked!

Movement activates the mitochondria and a sedentary life deactivates them. With every move we make, we increase the quantity of mitochondria in our body, giving us more energy to burn. Our bodies want to move and have strong, energy-producing, fat-burning muscles. So if you are feeling tired or have been sitting for a long time, get up and start moving your mitochondria power cells for more energy and longevity. It is the perfect time to renew your body and grow into a healthier, younger YOU this summer!

Transformational Life Coach Award-Winning Author & Speaker, Professional Dancer. Arielle’s Award-Winning book for Best Self-Help Award: Dancing With Your Story From The Inside is available on Her professional career includes the Lead Faculty Area Chairperson and Professor for the College of Humanities, History and the Arts at the University of Phoenix. She is a published co-author of Transform Your Life Books 1 & 2 and author for Tampa Bay Wellness, Conscious Shift & Transformation magazine. She has published her 4th book, an Instructor’s Manual for Barlow Abnormal Psychology 4th ed. and authored Psychology, A Journey 3rd.ed. Study Guide published by Nelson Education, Toronto, ON. She has also studied philosophy at the College of Integrated Philosophy with John DeRuiter for twenty years. Arielle has been a featured guest on radio and television, in newspapers, and the media across the US and Canada. She is a certified Essentrics Stretch and Dance Instructor. Arielle offers coaching sessions, classes and workshops and a free 30-minute Consultation. Websites:, Email:

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