7 Simple Ways To Defy Your Age

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Costly anti-aging creams and serums are not the only hope for defying your true age. There are simple measures of prevention one can take to make your body look and feel as young as possible. Various health and lifestyle habits have a real impact on reversing the effects of aging. The following are few tips to defy your age:

1. Get Some Rest

Getting your zzz’s is the simplest way to feel younger right now. “The only time your body can truly restore itself is when you’re asleep,” explains Henry Lodge, MD, co-author of Younger Next Year for Women. “It helps build a more vibrant body and brain.” Chances are, you’re not getting as much as you need. Make up for your sleep debt by turning in early enough to get eight hours of shut-eye for six weeks straight. (Skip The Daily Show and leave the dishes in the sink!) After six weeks, the time it takes to form a lasting healthy snooze habit, you’ll feel the difference (more energy, fewer dark circles).

2. Get Full on Fiber

By adding fiber to your diet, you can consume significantly fewer calories every day. In addition to helping you maintain an ideal weight, fiber can also fight chronic diseases associated with aging. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, as published in The Huffington Post, fiber is key to keeping cholesterol and blood sugar in check, while also kicking your digestive system into high gear, allowing your body to get rid of toxins more efficiently and reducing your body’s appetite.

3. Get Moving

You may notice you’re working out less than you were when you were younger. Perhaps training for 5Ks has given way to after-dinner strolls. The more active you are, the more energetic you’ll feel. Exercise and physical activity are great ways to help your mood, too. If you have issues that stop you from doing the things you once enjoyed, feel free to get creative. If arthritis in your knees keeps you from running or playing basketball, swimming or cycling might work for you. You shouldn’t stop moving as you get older. Just move in a different way. Look for fitness programs at local senior centers or find a partner so you can motivate each other. If you have trouble finding time to be active, maybe a workout first thing in the morning, before you do anything else, can do the trick. Just make sure you eat some breakfast first. Talk to your doctor before you begin a new routine.

4. Cut Back Sugar, Increase Protein

One of the best ways to maximize your energy is to cut down on the sugar. According to Dr. Oz, sugar causes inflammation in the body and completely depletes your energy. (Think of how you feel after you eat a piece of office birthday cake at 3 p.m. Everything is fine for a few minutes, and suddenly, you want to take a nap on your keyboard.)
Natural sugars found in fruits are OK, but avoid processed sugars, often found in high-fat foods.

When you get the sugar urge, replace the doughnut craving with a protein. Adding lean protein (eggs, chicken breast, tuna, fish, and tofu) to your snacks and meals revs up the body’s metabolism, increasing the amount of lean muscle and the number of calories your body can burn.

5. Stop Smoking and Limit Alcohol

Smoking can accelerate the aging process and shorten your lifespan (and quality of life) considerably. Decreased lung capacity, emphysema, and heart disease are all associated with smoking, not to mention the detrimental effect it has on your looks. Smoking correlates to wrinkles around the lips, yellowing of the teeth, and aging skin. If you want to look younger, feel younger and live longer, give up smoking!

Alcohol is another vice you should consider giving up to look and feel more youthful. One alcoholic drink a day for women and up to two daily for men (4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of spirits) may have beneficial effects on the heart, but the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reminds us that chronic alcohol consumption can result in premature and exaggerated aging. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption negatively impacts almost every physiological system in the human body. So if you enjoy the occasional drink, go ahead and partake. But if you overindulge too often, cut back.

6. Eliminate Stress From Your Life

Everyone experiences stress on some level, but chronic levels of high stress increase the production of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which accelerate the aging process. Stress hormones can inhibit the normal synthesis of connective tissue, cause damage to bone density, and cause other types of changes in the bone structure. Excessive, chronic stress can permanently alter your features! Learn to limit your stress and find ways to manage the stress you cannot avoid, such as through meditation or yoga.

7. Stay Hydrated

Water helps to keep your skin moisturized and firm. Plus, it helps prevent sore muscles and keeps your mind sharp throughout the day. Not drinking enough water can cause your muscles to ache and can make wrinkles more noticeable.

Sources & References:
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Photo by Nicolai Berntsen on Unsplash Costly anti-aging creams and serums are not the only hope for defying your true age. There are simple measures of prevention one can take to make your body look and feel as young as possible. Various health and lifestyle habits have a real impact on reversing the...
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