Wouldn’t it be nice to age backwards? Not in a Curious Case of Benjamin Button type of way, but simply keeping your body healthy and young. After all, knocking off a few years off our appearance wouldn’t be a bad thing, right?
The secret behind staying young is quite simple – take care of your body! When you don’t know how to live a healthy lifestyle, the thought of ageing backwords seems impossible. We are here to guide you and help jump start your journey to a healthier you.
Can you age backwards? Yes, you can and we’ll cover how here.
It All Starts With the Right Mindset
It’s too often that our abilities are hindered by our mental cognition. If we believe that we’re capable of something, there is a good probability that it will happen. Now, if we doubt ourselves every step of the way, reaching our goals will be nearly impossible.
Do you remember Roger Bannister? He ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59 seconds – something that had never been done. It was until 1954 that running a mile until 4 minutes seemed impossible. When Roger broke this record, several people did too shortly afterwards. This comes to show that the way we think affects our abilities.
The same goes for ageing backwards. If you want to achieve your goals of having a more youthful appearance, you need to have a positive mindset. This way, no obstacle will be too big and the process of ageing backwards will be enjoyable.
You Are What You Eat
Your body doesn’t need (or want) highly processed foods like fast food or refined goodies like cake, cookies, or sugary drinks. Instead, opt for a healthier diet. One popular diet known to be very effective is the Mediterranean diet. This lifestyle is rich in vegetables like turmeric, fruits, nuts, fish, whole grains, and olive oil. Research has shown that this diet has an anti-aging effect, making it possible to take a year off of one’s biological age.
Along with a healthy diet, drink lots of water. You need to drink at least 8-ounce glasses of water every day (64-ounces). Keeping your body hydrated has several benefits among them:
- Regulates body temperature
- Keeps joints healthy and lubricated
- Prevents infections
- Keeps skin firm and supple
How Exercise Affects Aging
Exercise makes us feel good. Sure, the process of working out may be tough and finding the motivation to exercise may be even harder. However, there is nothing like the feeling after a successful workout. It makes us feel good, healthier, and stronger.
Additionally, exercise helps us sleep better. According to the National Institute on Aging, regular exercise reduces the risk of developing certain diseases as one grows older. Exercising also helps combat the effects of arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.
Finally, exercising and aging go hand in hand. Exercise tones and strengthens the body, making it feel and look younger. Staying in good shape means you’ll have more energy, ward off diseases, and melt away the stressors of everyday life! Don’t forget – stress is a contributor to aging.
Part Ways With Toxic Elements
Nothing good comes from drinking large amounts of alcohol. It causes memory impairment, reduces motor function abilities, and when consumed in large quantities, can lead to blackouts.
Unable to drink in moderation also causes your skin to age before you’re ready. This is due to dehydration. Ever wonder why you wake up extremely thirsty after a night of drinking? This is your body’s way of telling you it’s dehydrated. Overtime, this dehydration will cause your skin to look cracked and wrinkled.
Smoking cigarettes is another toxin that affects appearance. The toxins in cigarette smoke damage elastin and collagen – both essential components that keep skin firm. This damage speeds up aging leading to fine lines and wrinkles.
Grow Older or Age Backwards? The Choice is Yours!
Aging backwards is easier said than done. However, everyday we make decisions. We need to decide what to eat for breakfast. We need to choose between working out or not. We make decisions that affect our bodies and overall health.
How to age backwards? Make smarter and healthier choices on a daily basis. With the right mindset, foods, exercise routine, and habits you can start your journey to a healthier, younger you!