6 anti-aging lifestyle tips
While sunscreen is a skin-saver and a good moisturiser can work wonders, some of the best anti-aging tips have less to do with creams and lotions and more to do with healthy lifestyle habits. Here’s a look at six ways to feel younger in body and mind.
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. – Lucille Ball
1. Get a handle on stress
Chronic stress doesn’t just make us feel tired and irritable – research shows that it can actually cause the cells in our bodies to age faster. If you feel frazzled on a regular basis, it’s time to take action: Do some breathing or mindfulness exercises, meditate, sign up for a weekly yoga class, spend time with friends or take up a relaxing hobby.
2. Make exercise a habit
It’s true – regular exercise can keep you young. Medical News Today cites a recent study “involving people over 70 who have exercised for years” which found that “participants’ hearts, lungs, and muscles were in equivalent shape to those of people in their 40s.” So, aim to do about 30 minutes of exercise each day – walking, swimming, and water aerobics are all excellent options. Just remember to check with your GP before starting any new activity.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir
3. Enjoy the great outdoors
Being outdoors is good for you. In fact, a 2019 study found that “Taking at least twenty minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels.” Whether you take the dog for a walk, have a picnic in the park or head to the beach, make sure that you spend some time outdoors enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
4. Eat well
Keep your energy levels up by eating a healthy diet that includes good quality proteins, healthy fats, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also remember to drink enough water throughout the day and try to avoid sugar-rich and processed foods.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. – George Bernard Shaw
5. Have some fun
Having fun is a great stress reliever, so remember to take time to do the things you really enjoy, whether that’s watching a good comedy, spending time with your grandkids or playing card games. Of course, one of the best ways to have fun is to spend time with friends who make you feel energised and alive – these social interactions have a positive impact on emotional and physical wellbeing.
6. Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation has been linked to a host of health problems, and it may even make you age faster – ScienceDaily cites a 2015 study which suggests that “one night of partial sleep deprivation promotes biological aging in older adults.” So, try to get about seven to eight hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble dozing off, try these tips: go to bed at the same time each night, avoid caffeine from the late afternoon onwards, and read a book or have a shower before bed to relax.