Anti-aging is a huge business throughout the world. People are either trying to stave off the normal aging process by spending a fortune on creams, pills, surgery and makeup, or they have surrendered to the belief that illness, weight gain, and sagging skin are inevitable side effects of getting older. Many of us move into our fifties and beyond exhausted from working hard and getting our children launched. Many of us are overweight.
If you want to have a healthy life in your fifties, sixties and beyond, there are five things you can do to make self-care a priority. Taken together, these five things will re-energize you, support you in attaining and maintaining a healthy weight, and help you look young and vibrant.
1. Eat well.
Find a way of eating that works for you at home, working, traveling, and when you’re on vacation. A good rule of thumb is to build your meals around antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Make most of your meals at home, and make sure you get enough vitamin C, E and A, as well as minerals like selenium and zinc. These are great for your skin. Eat salmon, nuts and seeds to get plenty of essential fatty acids.
A healthy diet will help you drop pounds and keep them off, and it will also help you feel better. It goes without saying it will minimize the likelihood of degenerative diseases.
Weight-bearing exercises such as strength training and yoga build muscle and give you more energy. Include those along with cardio like walking, running and swimming. Exercise improves your circulation, which is wonderful for your skin. And exercise gives you stronger bones, to avoid the common problem of breaks and sprains.
3. Drink a minimum of 70 ounces of water a day.
Staying sufficiently hydrated may be the single most powerful thing you can do to maintain youthful skin. Water supports the flow of nutrients into your cells to keep them plump and full and your skin firm and glowing. Finally, water boosts your energy.
4. Manage your stress.
Stress eating is one of the biggest cause of mid-life weight gain. Stress also shows on your face as worry lines. There are simple – if not easy – wasy to manage stress. Stay out of unhealthy relationships. Say no when you don’t want to do something. As for help when you need it. Finally, practice meditation and breathing techniques.
5. Get enough relaxing sleep.
Sleep may be the most underrated way to keep your body and skin young, and take care of your health. Sleep repairs the tissues of our bodies, especially our skin. To accomplish this, limit your caffeine intake, keep your bedroom quiet, orderly and dar, Go to bed at the same time every night, not too late, and aim for seven to nine hours.