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Monday, January 18, 2021

Cathy Richards: Exercise physiologist

It is often said that it is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle - never too late to incorporate more exercise into our daily routine or focus on a healthier diet, to reap the rewards as we age. In reality, a message that it is never too early to focus on our wellbeing and longevity, is equally important.  Perhaps more so.  Cathy Richards is an exercise physiologist and founder of Inspiring Vitality, an online coaching program focussing on the needs of people over 40.  In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Cathy discusses her mission to encourage more people to take steps - even tiny steps - in their daily lives, to incorporate strength building activity into their routines.  She also highlights the significance of deteriorating hearing for overall health and the likelihood that impaired hearing can lead to social isolation and loneliness in later life.  

Recorded: January 11, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

This episode is brought to you by AgeUp, a new financial product that provides guaranteed supplemental income for people who worry about the financial impact of longevity. To find out more, visit

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Adapting to a new way remote way of working out during and likely after Covid
  • Learning about the behavioral trail of very old populations and joining the longevity dots
  • The onset of frailty and the snowball effect of muscle decline
  • Implementing resistance training into exercise regimes to maintain muscle strength
  • Doing the bare minimum exercise to still realize significant result. 
  • Small, step and changes that add up and make a difference over time
  • Persuading younger generations that it is never too early to think about being fit at 85. 
  • Hearing loss and the impact on our quality life as we age  
  • The stigma associated with hearing loss and dangers 
  • The correlations been hearing loss and dementia. 
  • Social isolation, poor hearing and loneliness. 
  • Personal habits to live a healthy day
  • Sleep as a wellness trend
The Live Long and Master Aging podcast shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

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