5 Rules to Follow to Age Gracefully
Growing old is not something to fear. The great thing about life is that we all go through the same cycle of aging. Still, your lifestyle and how well you take care of your body will make a great difference in how you age. Everyone looks at celebrities like Angela Basset and Jennifer Lopez and think I can never look like that in my 50s or 60, when in fact you can! All it takes is following a healthy lifestyle to keep your body in tip top shape! Here are some tips…
STAY MOBILE BY STAYING ACTIVE
The best thing you can do to make sure your bones and joints stay healthy is to keep moving. Sure, taking supplements like calcium and vitamin D will also help, but movement is the best option. A daily morning walk is a great start, but you’ll need to do more than that to keep yourself strong. Biking, swimming, tennis, yoga, Pilates, these are all great low impact options to follow that help maintain muscle mass.
MONITOR SUN EXPOSURE
Vitamin D from natural sunlight is indeed great for your overall health. Unfortunately, UV rays have become stronger over the years and, when exposed for long periods, may be harmful to your skin. A good rule to follow is to make sure you have access to shade when you know you’ll be outside for a long time. Additionally, make sure you are using products for your skin that keep it moisturized and combat oxidative damage from sun exposure.
MAINTAIN A POSITIVE OUTLOOK
A factor that we may overlook when thinking about how well we age is our mindset. Your thoughts and the level of stress you experience has an incredible impact on your health. One study found that chronic stress, which causes inflammation in the body, has been linked to pre-mature aging – including the onset of wrinkles. So, by finding time to do things that bring you joy and do not cause stress, you can support healthy aging. Additionally, a recent study also found that optimists tend to live longer (about 11 to 15% longer), many living over the age of 85, and also were able to mange stress better. So, positive thinking can help minimize stress and help you age gracefully.
DRINK MORE WATER
The average adult body is about 60% water. Water is in almost every cell in your body so, that means you not only need water to survive, but to keep your body healthy. As you age, and your body begins to change, drinking enough water is even more vital. Water helps carry out a variety of functions that support every organ in your body including supporting circulation and flushing out toxins from your skin. So, drink up!
Eat Lots of Plants
As mentioned before, inflammation can contribute to wrinkles and can be damaging to many cells in the body. One easy way to give your body the support it needs to combat inflammation is by eating foods high in antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables, especially green foods and berries are known for their high antioxidant values – in addition to being rich in many nutrients. The more plants you need, the better defense against inflammation.
Living a long and healthy life and looking your best isn’t out of reach. By making sure you’re taking the steps that support healthy aging, you’re on the right path. Plus, Youngevity offers a variety of products that support aging including the Anti-Aging Healthy Body Pak. This Pak not only delivers the 90 essential nutrients recommended for optimal health, but also antioxidants to support healthy aging.
Remember, prevention is the key!