If staying ‘forever young’ is a part of your mantra, then it’s time to get into action and implement some easy and simple rituals into your life now.
1. MANAGE YOUR STRESS
Easier said than done these days, but if you are able to say “no” a little more often and keep your calendar in check, you may be able to decrease the stress in your life to keep your mind and body young.
2. KEEP MOVING
Being sedentary helps no one, including your joints, muscles and bones. The Mayo Clinic suggests that we aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. It will do wonders!
3. SLEEP TIGHT
Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your body. According to Psychology Today, a good night’s sleep may keep you slimmer and looking younger. When you get a good night’s sleep of six to eight hours, you wake up feeling and looking rested. In addition, a good night’s sleep is important for your overall health and nutrition. A good night’s sleep gives you energy to exercise and helps you make better decisions.
4. EAT BALANCED
Having a well balanced diet is not just for children. We must also eat our veggies, meats, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats to stay our best. A diet that is full of omega-3’s, beta carotene and antioxidants can help keep our bodies youthful. In addition to what we eat, we should also be concerned with home much we eat. Staying within our caloric intake based on our own personal needs will also keep our bodies strong and aligned!
5. VISIT THE DOCTOR
Recovering from illness sooner rather than later can keep you running at top speed.
6. AVOID EXCESS SUN EXPOSURE
Sure, we all need vitamin D, but we don’t need the extra harmful rays that it expels. If you have to be outside for long periods of time, wear sunblock, a hat and protective clothing.
7. OWN A PET
Not only are they great companions and ward of loneliness, but pets also keep you active, which help cardiovascular health and muscle tone. Not to mention, furry friends can help keep stress levels down.
8. DRINK LESS SPIRITS
It might have been fun at 21, but as the years go on, all night bingers and drinking until dawn are not a way to keep youth on your side. According to the American Academy
of Dermatology, alcohol can dehydrate the skin, resulting in one looking older!
Keep the brain active by exploring new areas, towns, people and places. Constant learning will keep your brain young.
10. SKIN CARE REGIMEN
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and with that being said, it is vitally important to make sure you take care of it in order to keep it in the best shape possible. Preventing it from blisters, cancer, damage, scars and of course, wrinkles will keep you healthy and younger looking. Moisturize, protect your skin and visit your dermatologist for annual check ups.
11. STAY FRIENDLY
Maintaining friendships, staying in social circles and continuing to be active in one’s community can increase your lifespan. Staying connected and having purpose gives life meaning and fulfillment.
12. STOP SMOKING
This is a no brainer, but incase you needed more proof, just 20 minutes after you quit smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure drops, according to the American Cancer Society. one year after quitting, you decrease your excess risk to coronary disease by half, and 10 years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person still smoking. Questions?