Sorry to be the bearer of bad news: We are all aging and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
But there’s also some good news: We have it in our power to fight age-related ailments, diseases and physical issues to help slow down the clock.
Even better news: It’s not too late. If you start following even one of these tips today, you’ll benefit from it greatly!
Build more muscle
Whether you’re a man or a woman, building muscle (and keeping it) will help you stay younger—even as you age—by slowing muscle loss. We all naturally lose 3 pounds of muscle every 10 years.
Counteract this and give your body no choice but to keep the muscle by strength training regularly.
The hormonal benefits from weight lifting can also keep you younger due to the release of growth hormone.
No more complaints about not being able to do things, like lift objects, go on a brisk walk, or pick up your children or grandchildren…you’ll have strong muscles to be able to do it all.
Stop free radicals in their tracks
The “aging accelerators” that science has known about for decades are called free radicals.
They’re found everywhere (in the environment, food, etc.) and cause cell oxidation, inflammation and breakdown of healthy tissue, contributing to the effects of aging.
Put a stop to this aging process with powerful antioxidants. Great ones to supplement with are vitamin C, resveratrol, and vitamin E. Research has also shown that drinking 2-3 cups of green tea per day can also help in the fight against free radicals.
Did you know that blackberries contain the most antioxidants of all berries? Look at the color of foods to determine antioxidant levels. The darker and more rich the color, the more antioxidants it contains. (Think blue, red & purple.)
Learn to relax and conquer worry
All health factors aside, nothing can age you more quickly than constant stress and a worried mind.
Learn to let go and relax to not only add years to your life, but to enjoy them in style!
Start a meditative practice and learn to live in the present by letting go of past worries and future stresses.
Also, make sure to get enough sleep. Too many folks these days are sleep deprived and that only makes you more susceptible to stress and worry.
Follow our tips for getting better sleep at https://www.newwavefitness.com/blog/3-reasons-fail-to-sleep-well/
Exercise regularly—especially doing this
You don’t have to run a marathon, or even run at all, to reap the youth-bestowing benefits of cardiovascular exercise.
Simply walking around your neighborhood or on a treadmill is so good for your body.
Psychology Today cited a study from 2018, “where researchers studied a small group of people in their 70’s who had exercised regularly over their life span. They had the cardiovascular health of those 30 years younger.”
If you want to ramp it up, try High-Intensity Interval Training.
This involves alternating a moderate pace with short bursts of activity, like 30 seconds of walking with 10 seconds of running in place.
The long and short of it is that you don’t have to succumb to allowing your body to age as quickly as it wants to.
You can follow these tips to start with, and see if they don’t help you start feeling younger today.
We are health and fitness professionals, but we are not doctors.
So please consult with a medical professional before following our advice.