40 is probably the point in your life where you will realize that you’re technically getting old, and this is especially true if you have older children at this point. Life can really start to speed up from this point on, and what makes it worse is that 20 years came and went in an instant. Focus on your aging now, and work to enjoy your elder years by implementing some of these tips.
Quit Smoking – It is never too late to quit smoking for in order to slow aging. Smoking not only increases the risk of lung cancer and emphysema, it is associated with a number of other cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a decreased resistance to illness. Of course, it also has a terrible effect on skin. By quitting smoking, the aging process can be more comfortable and you can extend your life expectancy.
Get Daily Exercise – To slow down the aging process, do some aerobic exercise everyday mixed with occasional light weight training. Numerous scientific studies have shown that exercise improves muscle strength, stamina, bone density and balance. As these four things deteriorate with age, regular exercise could help keep your body in good condition well into your 80s and beyond.
Your body needs exercise to function properly, especially as you age. Adding thirty minutes of exercise into your daily routine can not only keep you looking younger, but it can also extend your life. And don’t wait until you’re already old to exercise, start as early as possible.
Keep Social – If you have healthy friendships, you will be more energetic and happy. You can never be too old to get new friends. Friendships, both old and new, are a great way to contribute to a long and healthy life.
Moisturize Regularly – As you age, to continue to have healthy looking skin moisturize it every day. How your skin looks is directly related to the amount of moisture your skin is receiving. It’s important then to get moisture back into the skin, so choose a moisturizer that works best for you and use it daily. This is an area related to aging that you can have a significant impact on.
Keep Your Smile Looking Young – Oral health is essential to a long life. Even if you do not have teeth anymore, it is still important to go and have regular exams at the dentist so he can check your gums. You can still develop gum disease, oral cancer and other things that can lead to other health problems.
Reduce Stress – Everyone suffers from a certain amount of stress in their life, but in order to keep the aging process slow and graceful, it’s important to keep stress at bay. A great way to do this is by practicing relaxation techniques. There are a wide variety of techniques available including meditation, yoga and tai chi. Pick the method that you are most comfortable with and be sure to practice it several times a week to slow down the aging process.
This may seem a little odd to even consider but stress can actually accelerate the aging process. Studies have shown that stress can lead to things like premature hair loss which can make you look a lot older than you are.
Eat Well And Healthily – As cliché as it sounds you really are what you eat. Eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole wheats can help you against signs of aging and keep your body strong and protected. Also, drink a lot of water, up to eight glasses a day. Finally, you should try to watch the amount of fat you eat. Keep the daily calories you get from fat under 35% and it should help you keep your body shape.
Keep Your Mind Active – Alright, this doesn’t really help with your outward appearance in the traditional sense but continuing to learn as you get older does have it’s benefits. It has never been easier to enroll in a community college or take classes online. You are never too old to take up a new hobby, study a foreign language, understand statistics, learn about quantum physics or learn anything of interest to you. Lifelong learning will keep your mind sharp and give you goals.
Get Regular Checkups – Make sure that you visit your doctor regularly for a check-up as you get older. Issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and mobility issues need to be monitored more frequently because your body will take longer to recover from health problems. Your doctor can advise you if you need to change any routines to keep your body healthy. They can also help identify any issues that may be causing the symptoms of premature aging.
We all have to get old. That’s just how life works. What we don’t have to get; however, is run down and beat up by life if we begin now and take better care of ourselves. So make sure that you’re using the tips provided in the above article to age well and to stay vibrant and youthful.
As a final note, please be sure to consult with a doctor before doing any of the tips suggested in this article and/or making changes to your daily routine – we want you to remain safe.