I was out socially with a doctor friend of mine lately and during the course of the conversation he joked about how great it would be if he discovered the secret to eternal youth. He would put it into a pill and then sit back and reap the rewards. I laughed and said I would be first in line for that little pill.
Thinking more about the conversation while out running the next morning, I was struck by a serious revelation; I actually have the secret to eternal youth, or at least the closest thing to it and it doesn’t involve popping pills.
WE CANNOT CONTROL OUR AGE, BUT WE CAN CONTROL HOW OUR BODY AGES.
We do have control over how our body ages and we can certainly do a lot to slow down the aging process.
1) SMILE BRIGHTLY
Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, rinse your mouth with water after eating and visit the dentist regularly. Teeth are the foundations of the face, they hold everything in place. A bright smile lifts our face. We look prettier/more handsome and youthful when we smile.
You know it! Doesn’t matter what your skin type is or how cloudy or dull the day is, we need to wear sunscreen all the time. I wear an all-weather factor 50 on my face all year round because I am active outdoors all year round. The rain, wind and frost are almost as damaging to our skin as the sun.
3) EAT NATURAL FOODS
Stay away from processed foods. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, berries and fruit. These foods are full of antioxidants. There is no need to spend days on detox diets if we are eating natural foods. Our body is designed to detox itself, and once we are not abusing it, but rather eating fresh fruit, berries and vegetables, lean meats, fresh fish, eggs, high fibre carbs, and drinking plenty of still water, our digestive system ought to detox itself. Antioxidants promote a healthy immune system.
Maintaining or achieving a healthy weight, avoiding stress on our heart, organs, bones and joints due to carrying excess fat, all lead to a more youthful body.
4) EXERCISE REGULARLY
Exercise a minimum of 5 times per week. Clients will often tell me that they don’t have time to exercise 5 times a week, but that they can do more at weekends instead. We don’t reap the same benefits, if we are not exercising 5 times per week. It is the consistency that gives us the greatest benefit. Once I look at my client’s weekly planner, we always find the time for 5 sessions per week, even short bursts are better than skipping the exercise.
Cardio is fantastic for burning calories and fat, but don’t underestimate strengthening exercises. As we burn fat we build muscle, we become stronger, leaner, more toned and less flabby. At 40+ I am fitter, faster, stronger and have a better body shape than when I was in my twenties.
A friend recently said to me ‘Vera you have a great body for a woman of your age’, my reply was ‘I have a great body for a woman of any age!’
5) YOUNG AT HEART
Maintain a young attitude. Never say ‘if I was ten years younger…..’, or ‘I’m too old…..’ Embrace new experiences and be open to every opportunity that comes your way.
Keep in touch with the latest technology or you will be left behind. Listen to new bands, watch videos on YOUTUBE, create your own social media profiles, it’s all good fun.
Dress gracefully and stylishly to suit your body shape. Keep up with fashion but don’t necessarily follow trends. If you are unsure of how to dress find a style icon of similar age and body shape to you and emulate them. Now and again do something that really scares you. It’s good for the heart and great for the soul. Keep changing, strive for improvement, challenge yourself and never settle for anything less than fabulous.
It’s not enough to be alive, LIVE!
It’s true that a long healthy life starts with good genes, but it is preserved with good habits.
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