When you buy a new gadget, it operates at one hundred percent capacity. The same goes for the human body. In our youthful days, our bodies function at maximum capacity. During these glorious times, the skin glows effortlessly, the joints move without pain, and the brain is as sharp as a razor.
We hope these times would last forever, but unfortunately, nature disagrees. Of course, the culprit responsible is aging; we recognize it but cannot do anything about the process. And this begs the question, how can we reduce or prolong this inevitable process?
For many women, society, nor ourselves, are very forgiving. At the first signs of aging, the worry begins. We analyze each body part in front of the mirror. The face, belly, breasts, and thighs are the worst hit. The good news, however, is that you can slow down these processes and appear healthy and youthful for as long as possible.
A few changes in lifestyle may be required, but the results are worth it. So if you want to keep looking like a million bucks into your fifties, and beyond, you should pay more attention to the following:
#1: Take Care of Your Diet
If we are what we eat, why do we often forget to nourish our bodies with the right foods? Sure, junk foods taste the best, but all that fat and salt ingested into your body is not suitable for your health. Research has shown that eating junk foods such as fast foods and sugar, can lead to an increased risk of obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer. To age beautifully, balance your diet to include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains instead of snacks and sugars.
#2: Protect Yourself from Excessive Sun Exposure
The number one culprit responsible for wrinkled and faded skin is the sun. UV rays emitted from the sun are absorbed directly into the skin, causing it to age prematurely. You should apply broad-spectrum sunscreen onto the skin every day to protect your skin from harmful rays of the sun. Also, try to practice sun avoidance and protection by keeping shaded and avoiding the sun when it is brightest; a lovely sun hat is always an excellent choice.
It does not have to be rigorous cardio or grueling squats and lunges. Light jogging, or even a brisk walk, three days a week, goes a long way to staying fit. Machines have to be lubricated regularly to prevent friction of grinding surfaces. The same goes with joints in the human body; they need to be exercised and routinely worked to keep them in top shape. Yoga is an excellent choice to avoid achy backs and painful joints. Yoga is low impact and is great for stretching those muscles and limbering up those stiff joints.
Research shows that one of the most common detriments to our brain is sleep deprivation. A healthy adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep for our brain to function at maximum capacity. As a woman, if you want to age like a Queen, you need your beauty sleep. The body is at rest while sleeping, and during this time, cells are repaired and replaced. The refreshed feeling you get when you wake up after a good nights rest? That is your body taking care of itself.
Alcohol has been shown to have some positive effects on the human body, at least in moderation. However, overindulgence has been shown to cause premature aging and breakdown of cells in the body and our brain. With time, collagen and elastin that keep our skin tight and firm are broken down, and consumption of alcohol speeds up this process.
With Just a little extra effort and care, we can help our bodies slow the aging process. These quick and easy tips can go a long way to helping you Age Like Fine Wine.