If you’re very young right now, then you may think that anti-ageing articles and tips don’t apply to you. Those are for older people right?
In reality, those articles apply to you more than anyone else! After all, it’s too late to prevent ageing once you are already feeling and looking a lot older! And when you get to that point where the crow’s feet and age spots are showing, you’ll only wish that you had taken the opportunity to protect yourself against ageing when you were younger.
So what can you do right now, to make sure that you keep your good looks and good health well into older age?
In terms of lifestyle, there are a ton of things you need to do to stay younger and healthier in the way you look and feel.
For starters, try to avoid too much direct sunlight. UV rays damage the skin cells and while you might think nothing of this, it makes a huge cumulative difference that is very apparent when you’re older!
Having said that, it's also important to get outdoors. It's been shown to improve your happiness level, broaden your thinking and improve your memory. The extra dose of Vitamin D is great, too; just don't indulge in too much. Remember the sunscreen lotion.
Likewise, you absolutely have to make sure you are getting plenty of high quality sleep. This will help you improve your health in all manner of ways, as sleep is when the body restores cells, forms new neural connections and produces lots of growth hormone and testosterone.
Sufficient quality sleep helps us focus and be more productive. It's also linked to your moods with lack of sleep producing increased sensitivity to negative emotions like fear and anger. Increasingly, studies are showing us the importance that sleep plays in our mental and health well-being.
The right skin care regimen can make a massive difference. So often we know we should be taking care of our skin but forget or decide to do it later. Skin care is something to remember and do every day. It means remembering to cleanse your skin twice a day. But if you can only do it once, do it in the evening so that your skin is clear of any makeup while you rest at night.
Any good skin care routine should incorporate an exfoliator, some kind of protection and some kind of moisturizer. Regardless of your type of skin, you can create a simple, low-cost skin care routine that won`t take too much of your time. Check out these simple daily, weekly and monthly tips for the ultimate great-looking skin.
And don’t forget the hands! Often the hands are the biggest giveaway of your true age when you’re older!
Nutrition is massive and important when it comes to the way you age. Many of the illnesses we associate with old age are in fact just the result of long-term nutrient deficiencies. If you ensure that you keep getting enough of your micronutrients, your body will be supplied with all the raw materials it needs to keep you looking and feeling as young as possible.
A healthy breakfast makes a huge difference to how you handle your morning and indeed, your entire day. Start your day well with a healthy breakfast.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water. Drinking water results in clearer skin, fights illness and helps weight loss. It also increases your productivity and fights fatigue. Yep.. it's important to drink plenty of water each day but if you don`t like the taste of water, and many don`t, try infused water.
An often overlooked aspect of your health and wellbeing is your dental hygiene. A healthy mouth, teeth and gums is great in itself but it can also help you ward off other medical problems. Studies show that poor dental hygiene can lead to, not just the problems of dental decay, but also to problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor. It might be a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist.
4. Mental exercise
Learning doesn't, and shouldn't, stop once you leave school. Not only is ongoing learning good for your self-development, it's good for your brain.
Improving yourself is a never-ending process but it pays big dividends for your mental health.
Read and never stop learning. Question everything and consider new possibilities. But also, take time to relax. Spend time regularly to sort through your ideas and write them down. Journaling is a great way to do this.
Learn to turn off distractions (particularly social media) and focus on what really matters. Work on your habits and improve where it's important. Keep improving at work and where you're passionate.
And don’t just exercise: move more. Sitting takes years off of your life because it allows your heart to become weaker. What’s more, is that it also weakens your muscles, ruins your flexibility and damages your posture. It’s very important that you keep moving as you get older to avoid a hunched over appearance. If you're looking for some exercise routines to get moving you might like to check out some of these health and fitness apps.
Invest a little time now to develop simple, positive habits like those listed above and it will pay real dividends in the years to come. You'll look and feel great. If you'd like more ideas about growing old well, you might like to check out The Ultimate Anti-Ageing Guide, now available from my online store.
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