How many times have you stood in line at the grocery store and seen magazines with massive headlines that say things like “How You Can Look Younger” or “Look and Feel Like You’re 25 Again.” If you’re like most people, you dread those tell-tale signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging skin, but just because aging is a natural part of life that doesn’t mean you can’t age well and with grace.
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What does it mean to age with grace?
To age with grace doesn’t mean you’re trying to look the way you did in your 20s and 30s. Aging gracefully is all about taking care of your body physically and mentally so you can live your life to the fullest, despite your age. A great way to think about ageing gracefully is to look at it like a bottle of wine; you get better with age.
By taking care of yourself, you’ll be on the right path to living your life to the fullest while staying protected from the ravages of time. Take a look at some of the best health tips to age gracefully through health and wellness habits.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
To be clear, eating a well-balanced diet isn’t the same as going on a diet. “Dieting” is the very thing that makes most people revert to unhealthy eating habits from feeling deprived of the foods they enjoy.
Eating a well-balanced diet is genuinely all about how you approach eating, mentally. A lot of people look at a balanced diet with a negative mindset, not realizing that a lot of the foods that are part of healthy eating are enjoyable foods.
If you enjoy these foods, then incorporating them into your diet will be a piece of cake. And the best part is that they’re some of the best natural anti-aging foods you’ll ever put in your mouth!
By exercising regularly, you’re significantly lowering your risk of various diseases, like heart disease and certain cancers. One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about exercising is that they feel like they have to join a gym to “properly” exercise, and that’s not the case at all.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends two and a half to five hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise and up to two and a half hours of vigorous-intensity exercise per week. For older adults, it’s recommended to incorporate balance training and muscle strengthening exercises as well.
“Motion is lotion for your bones and joints.”
Start Taking Supplements
As our bodies age, we sometimes need a little help in obtaining the proper nutrients we need to function and overall, age gracefully. That reason alone is why it’s important to consider implementing supplements into your daily routine.
Certain supplements aid in certain deficiencies in your body. For example, L-Carnitine aids in heart health, while vitamin E is excellent for healthy hair. But in the matter of anti-aging benefits, nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) works wonders.
There are, of course, lots of supplements that overlap in health benefits so before you start taking any form of supplement, you first want to consult with your primary care physician to ensure safe consumption of the supplements.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep
In your efforts to combat the ravages of time, sleep deprivation isn’t helping your efforts. Sleep-deprived bags and circles under your eyes only intensify that “aged” look. By getting enough sleep, you’ll look and feel younger.
Whether you have a busy schedule or not, making sure you get enough sleep plays a significant role not only in anti-aging but also in skin health, mood, and physical health. It’s been proven to lower your risks in these areas as well:
- Heart disease
Whether you have to give yourself a bedtime or learn to say “no” to certain things, rest is vital in aging gracefully.
Drink Plenty of Water
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it’s also the most significant indicator of aging. Everything from dry skin patches to skin elasticity, drinking water plays a major role in how your body ages over time and its overall functioning processes.
The more water you drink, the more often you’ll urinate and move your bowels; It impacts how much you’ll sweat, And it impacts your thirst levels. By incorporating more water into your diet, the better your body will function.
To be fair, water isn’t always the number one drink of choice for lots of people. Some people just simply don’t like it. But if you’re someone who has a hard time drinking water, there are some “hacks” that might help you consume more.
Lots of people have a better time drinking water when they infuse it with fruit or vegetables. Strawberries, lemons, and cucumbers are great additions to make water more flavorful. Also, to help you drink more water, you have the option of sparkling water. It gives you a hint of flavour with the “bubbly” consistency of a soda.
So remember to be kind to yourself, take care, and always keep in mind, you only get one body, better treat it right.