The number of birthdays you’ve enjoyed, doesn’t have to mean feeling older. Here are are 10 tips that will keep you feeling younger, and put a spring in your step!
1. Eating well is almost as important as breathing! The saying, “You are what you eat,” is literally true. The right diet will keep your body healthy. Lean protein, lots of vegetables and whole grains are the building blocks of a good diet. Drink at least five glasses of water a day too. It helps flush out toxins from the body.
2. Exercise daily. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. Simple walking is fine to start with, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while. Exercising activates the lymphatic system which moves toxins out of the body.
3. Get sufficient rest. The amount of sleep people need varies greatly. As long as you feel rested, that will be the ideal amount for you. Some may need eight hours, while other can get by on six. Young people usually need more sleep than older people. Don’t be surprised if your sleep times vary as you get older.
4. Keep your muscles and bones strong with strength training. Bones weaken as we get older and muscles tend to atrophy. Lift weights or do body-weight exercises. You can use household items for weights; e.g. milk bottles filled with water.
5. A positive attitude keep you happy. Do you find yourself thinking negative thoughts all day? try to switch them up to positive ones. After a few weeks of doing this, you’ll be surprised how much happier you’ll feel. It can take as little as 21 days to change a habit. Soon you’ll be thinking positive without even trying.
6. Have an active social life. Being active socially can alleviate stress and keep us happier. Join local interest groups or clubs. Friends and family are important. Treat them like gold, and you’ll never be lonely.
7. Time hanging heavy on your hands? Why not try volunteering. It can make us feel good to know we’re helping others. You’ll never be stuck for company when you volunteer to help those in need.
8. Learning new things all the time keeps your brain young and wards off dementia. Even after retirement, always have something to wake up to. Take up a hobby or learn another language. Travel and enjoy life.
9. Throw out those cigarettes! There’s not one things that cigarettes are good for. They cost money and will take years off your life. It’s not easy to stop, so find a good support group or a smoke buddy. Giving up with a friend makes it easier.
10. De-stress yourself. Nothing ages us faster than stress. Stress can age our brain, make us feel lousy and make us sick. Try meditating, reading or just simply relax.
Age is simply a number. Eat well, move more and keep a positive, relaxed state of mind. You’ll notice the difference in just a few weeks!
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