- Aging & Longevity
Looking younger for longer
It is said that prevention is better than cure, but it’s also better later than never. We all wish we could stay younger for longer, I know I do and I make the effort to do so. Aging isn’t something we can control but we can slow it down, by making different life choices.
I really admire a close friend of mine, she’s fifty four and yet you’d think she’s in her mid 40’s. There is also another woman I know who is exactly the same age and yet she looks as though she’s in her 60’s. She has kind of let go but I don’t believe that’s the way to go. I’m not old but I do want to be like my friend when I get to my fifties. There is so much to do in this life, don’t give up too soon or get comfortable. It’s worth making an effort even if you change just one thing and add a year to your life. Below I list a few things that can help keep you younger for longer.
This isn’t rocket science; we all know that exercise will help you stay physically younger. It keeps the heart strong; it lowers stress levels that contribute to the aging process. Exercise releases endorphins and give you the good feeling. Strength training especially for women as we get older is good for bone density. It helps prevent osteoporosis.
If you’re not one to do strenuous exercise like aerobics or spinning, you could try a thirty minute brisk walk two to three times a week. This will also get you heart healthy without over exerting yourself.
Whatever you fill your body with will show on the outside. Feed it junk and you’ll feel sluggish. Your skin, hair and nails will suffer too. What you put in your mouth contributes to the aging process. Have five portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Drink more water, not necessarily eight glasses a day; personally that’s too much. Each body is different. Cut down on caffeine as it’s known to dehydrate, taken in excess can cause anxiety, insomnia just to name a few. Less sleep brings on baggy eyes and dark circles. These make you look older. Drinks like coffee and coke stain the teeth and that adds years to you.
If you smoke it’s best to try and stop. I’ve never smoked so I can’t give advice on how to do this. I only know that it does age a person much faster. All the people I know who smoke look older than their age. Smokers are at higher risk for heart disease. I won’t go into what damage smoking does to you because most people already know.
Flossing and seeing the dentist twice a year
I’ve read that flossing once a day could add up to three years onto life expectancy. First it prevents gum disease and it also prevents heart disease. Flossing stops inflammation of the gums. When your gums get inflamed you have a bacterial infection in your mouth. This bacteria finds it way into your arteries and your body has an immune response to this which can cause the arteries to narrow. This can make the heart work harder and this can lead to heart disease.
Seeing your doctor once every six months can keep come problems at bay. You will also get a proper clean. Teeth say a lot about a person and good teeth make you look younger.
Going grey, colour your hair.
I only have a few greys showing but I’ve started to colour my hair. If you have black hair like mine, grey is very obvious, even just a strand can stand out. My hairdresser advised that when going grey with black hair that you should go a shade lighter. This camouflages the grey. My hair is a brown now rather than black. It’s done the trick and I think the grey coverage is more for me than about people noticing because people hardly notice.
It’s a wonderful feeling looking good and taking care of yourself and its even better when you make the effort to stay looking younger for longer. There is no magic cream that will take away the wrinkles but there are lifestyle choices that can slow down the process. I hope a few of these tips will help.