5 simple rules to staying young
We can substantially slow the aging process and, in fact, reverse many of the changes that have already taken place! You don’t have to spend heaps of money on some expert’s book or take a miracle pill seen on late night TV. All you have to do is follow 5 simple rules:
You’ve heard it all before but it’s true. Regular exercise is very important for your health and even more so after the age of 40. It reduces the amount of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that contributes to the build up of abdominal fat. I definitely can do without that! It also has proven health benefits with conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Getting into a workout routine can be a bit difficult at first. While you are finding what works best for you, there are little things you can do every day that can add up to a lot. I’m talking about things like taking the stairs, parking farther away instead of trying to find that close up spot and walking or biking instead of driving.
Yoga is really another form of exercise. Not only can it be used for relaxation, it can be used to improve flexibility, strength and posture. It also can aid in joint mobility.
Now I know that following a complex diet plan can get just a little bit confusing. If you just keep some basic ideas in mind to begin with, you’ll be on the right track. Remember that because our metabolism slows as we get older, we need to consume less calories than what we used to.
- Smaller meals throughout the day
- Plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Limit fats, oils and sweets
4. DRINK WATER
I can’t stress enough how important this is. We all know that water is a necessary part of life. But water does more than just quench our thirst. It has several functions that are key in keeping us healthy.
- Flushes toxins from the body
- Carries nutrients to the cells
- Lubricates the joints
- Regulates body temperature
- Aids in proper digestion
5. PLENTY OF SLEEP
Getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night has more benefits than I ever imagined!
- Enhances memory and learning capacity
- Strengthens immune system
- Decreases stress and tension
- Aids in weight control by allowing the body to properly metabolize food, stabilize hormone levels and recharge energy