Aging is a part of life that brings perspective, maturity, and wisdom. In many ways, grey hair is a kind of crown that should engender respect.
But growing old isn’t the problem for most people; it’s feeling old.
Old age can usher in a new era of aches, loss of independence, loneliness, and cognitive decline.
Although we can’t keep from growing old chronologically, we can slow the sands of time biologically, at least to some extent, by practicing certain habits that keep us looking and feeling young, strong, and vibrant! Here’s how.
1. Meditate Daily
Stress wreaks havoc on the body. Hormones like cortisol and adrenaline severely impact your mental, emotional, and physical health. And they’ve been linked with chronic diseases, like depression, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and dementia.
Meditating slows the effects of stress. Start with five or ten minutes to feel an immediate difference; you’ll be hooked.
One of the most important aspects of meditating is breathing deeply to soothe hour nervous system. Don’t worry about clearing your mind; accept whatever thoughts pop into your head.
Although there’s a lot of talk about meditation, not much is said about the Bible and meditation. But, many Believers like to meditate on a favorite promise while practicing their deep breathing.
Others will repeat a certain word or phrase to focus their mind or pray.
Helping others is a great way to stay young at heart because it feels good, and you’re making a real difference!
Research shows that your brain releases oxytocin whether you help your best friend or a stranger. Oxytocin is a ‘feel-good’ hormone that brightens your mood and reduces the effects of cortisol.
But another great thing about volunteering is that it boosts feelings of self-worth and confidence because it gives you a sense of purpose, which makes you feel good about yourself and your life.
Lastly, volunteering is a great way to expand your social circle and stay connected to people with similar interests, strengthening your ties to the community.
3. Be Physically Active
Okay, you knew this one was coming. Exercise is a great way to slow the sands of time and maintain functional independence.
You don’t have to spend hours at the gym or on a bike. It can be something like walking, yoga, or tai-chi – activities that reduce stress while strengthening your body.
Some studies indicate that yoga and tai-chi may rejuvenate the immune and digestive systems.
Another great thing about physical exercise is that it protects cognitive functioning by increasing blood flow to the brain and flooding it with oxygen.
Other forms of anti-aging workouts include:
- Arm and leg crosses
- Low-impact cardio routines
- Standing calf raises
4. Eat Better
Eating the right food most of the time is one of the best ways to look and feel young.
Getting the necessary vitamins and minerals lowers the risk of chronic diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Pomegranates, berries, leafy veggies, cruciferous vegetables, and nuts are great examples of ‘superfoods.’
Superfoods contain high levels of antioxidants, amino acids, and loads of vitamins and minerals.
Eating the right amounts will help you sleep better, strengthen your immune system, and boost memory!
5. Drink More Water!
Drinking water and staying hydrated keeps your cells supple and healthy. Did you know that people who drink large amounts of water tend to have fewer wrinkles and soft lines than people who don’t drink enough water?
Some drinks, such as green tea, can lower the risk of certain types of cancer. Several studies indicate that drinking at least one cup a day boosts concentration and memory and keeps your brain sharp.
You Can’t Stop Time, But You Can Slow Its Effects…
Everyone grows old; some age faster, some slower. But by practicing these easy habits, you can enjoy a youthful spirit, a positive outlook, a stronger mind, and a much younger body that allows you to live your best life well into the golden years.
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