Four Timeless Anti-Aging Tips
The anti-aging industry has exploded. Companies are selling all kinds of pills, potions, and gadgets with promises that they will keep you looking and feeling younger than your chronological age. Some products are actually effective, but many others aren’t worth the packaging that contains them.
While it may be true that there will always be sexy new products with bold promises, there are four steps that you can take that have been proven to slow the less desirable effects of aging.
1. Exercise Your Brain
Staying alive for a long time is one thing, but you have to keep all your marbles polished in order to have a vibrant life well into old age. In other words, you need to continually challenge your mind and brain.
The old adage “use it or lose it” applies perfectly to your brain. If you don’t make full use of it, your mental abilities will gradually decline as you age. This puts you at risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia.
There are many ways to stimulate and challenge your brain. You can learn a new hobby,read books,use brain training programs such as Lumosity,solve puzzles, and learn a new language. There are dozens of ways to exercise your brain, so that list is far from complete. And in case you were wondering, retiring and spending hours in front of the television is not a form of mental exercise!
2. Exercise Your Body
While mental exercise is very important, physical exercise is equally as important. Getting regular exercise is a must for anyone who wants to slow the aging process and have a vibrant life at an advanced age. Countless studies have shown that exercise combats the age-related losses of muscle, stamina, bone density, balance, and cognitive abilities. It’s important to include both cardiovascular and strength training exercises.
3. Eat Well
Entire books have been written about the many ways in which different foods affect our mental and physical health. Poor eating habits cause faster physical deterioration, and it also causes your skin to age prematurely. Here are some general nutritional guidelines to follow to slow your rate of biological aging. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help fight off virtually all age-related conditions. Eat plenty of protein.
We start to lose muscle around our mid-20s, and not eating enough protein only accelerates muscle loss. Weakened and atrophied muscle causes you to feel fatigued from even the simplest physical activities. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar. Foods high in
fat and sugar have been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and a whole host of other health conditions. Finally, it’s very difficult to get all the vitamins and minerals that we need from food alone. As you age, it becomes increasingly important to make sure your body gets what it needs to function properly. Therefore, many health professionals recommend taking vitamin and mineral supplements for insurance purposes.
4. Live In Peace
There is an indisputable link between negative emotions and premature aging. Excessive stress, anger and sadness are age accelerators that can lead to health conditions such as high blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who exercise and eat well tend to be happier, so those are two things that you must do. You should also take steps to avoid or eliminate overly stressful situations and negative people from your life. Spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation are also proving to be highly effective in contributing to happiness and a positive mental state.
We will continue to see the creation of new products and services in the anti-aging industry. But, you will always need to stimulate your mind, exercise, eat right, and have a positive mental attitude if you want to slow the inevitable process of growing older.