It’s not easy to fight the hands of time, but there are some things you can do yourself to look after your mind and body to ease the effects! When you take care of yourself, it slows the aging process and you can stay fit and alert well into your senior years.
The major components that contribute to optimum health are diet; avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, (easier said than done!) eating well, looking after your skin and the all important factor of keeping your brain active. When you pay attention to these key health elements, you can help yourself stay young.
Here are some excellent anti-aging techniques you can use each day:
1. Consume antioxidants.
Antioxidants are vital to your health. They reduce free radicals that contribute to common diseases, but where can you get them! Fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants, and you can also take daily vitamins to keep your levels topped up.
2. Exercise and strength training.
Exercise helps to stop your body from breaking down. Have you ever noticed an increase in joint or back pain after reducing your level of regular exercise? Maybe when a seasonal sport stops or you suffer an injury and reduce your movememt to allow for healing. By doing exercise and strength training, you’ll not only feel better, but get a lot healthier at the same time! Exercise provides:
* Increased stamina
* Greater muscle strength
* Better balance
* Clarity in thinking
* A stronger immune system
3. Stay alert and sharp.
You can keep your brain sharp by being constantly aware of your surroundings. I know this sounds pretty simple, but how often do we let loose and daydream, instead of focusing on the present? When you stay alert, you’re fully present in the moment, excercising your mental capability. It also help you make quick and accurate decisions.
4. Learn new things.
When you get stuck in a rut, your brain suffers a lack of stimulation. You can easily avoid this by keeping your brain active through constant learning and reading. You could vary your routines and aim to learn something new each day. You could also start by learning a few words of a new language everyday or make a list of things you want to be able to do by the time you’re x years old and use Youtube to learn about them!
5. Challenge yourself.
It always helps to use the problem solving portions of your brain. If you don’t, the skills will fade over time. If you don’t have a regular supply of this in your everyday life already, try games and puzzles to keep this part of your brain active.
6. Avoid stressing about health issues.
You see statistics everywhere about certain health conditions that are more likely to affect you as you age. While it’s important to be pre-screened for these conditions by a physician, worrying and stressing won’t change the future – but it sure will reduce your quality of life today! I know it’s easier said than done but why not spend that energy taking action to strengthen your health instead of worrying.
7. Get an adequate amount of sleep.
Getting enough sleep at night is very important for maintaining good health. 6-8 hours every night is the number you should be working toward. Your body and mind need that time to recoup, and you may be more susceptible to stress or disease without it.
8. Avoid smoking and alcohol.
Smoking is a guaranteed way of risking your health, plus it ages your skin and the rest of your body. The harsh reality is that you are shortening your lifespan if you choose to smoke. It’s best to drop this habit immediately. When it comes to alcohol, small amounts here and there won’t cause much harm, but drinking can be a slippery slope into disease if you abuse it.
9. Concentrate on skin care.
When you take care of your skin, you can maintain a healthy, younger look. Establish a daily skin care routine and try beneficial anti-aging gels and creams. (Complete the form below to get an invitation to our online anti-ageing skin night on Wednesday 11th Nov 8.30pm GMT!)
10. Reduce grains and sugar in your diet.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps your health and keeps your calorie intake at a manageable level. However, it also helps to eat a reduced amount of grains and sugar. Carbohydrates are necessary for your nutrition, but in excess they contribute to increasing your insulin levels and speeding up the aging process.
If you take advantage of these strategies every day, you’ll notice a big difference in the way you look and feel. Getting older doesn’t have to be synonymous with deterioration. Take care of your body and mind and they’ll serve you well into your golden years!
(Complete the form below to get a personal invitation to our online anti-ageing skincare night on Wednesday 11th Nov 8.30pm GMT!)