What a great weekend we had. Lots of sun, with the daytime tempteratures getting up in the mid 80’s, and the night’s down into the 60’s.
Plus, the Detroit Lions, despite their injuries to key players, won yet another game with a field goal, as time ran out. These dramatic ‘come from behind’ wins, aren’t doing anything good for my blood pressure…
After 47 years of watching them repeatedly snaching defeat from the jaws of victory, I’d say us long suffering Lion’s fans will somehow manage to adjust.
Uh oh, I just realized I’m guilty of some backhanded bragging…
How very unbecoming of me!
And, how very much fun!
It’s been 47 years coming, so give an old dude a break…
Enough about me.
Let’s talk about some simple lifestyle choices that can naturally slow down the effects of aging.
Before we start, let’s agree we can’t stop, nor can we reverse, the aging process. And, we ‘testify’ we won’t buy into scams promising us otherwise.
Number one on our hit parade: Diet:
When possible, eat natural, whole foods. Natural foods, like fruit and vegetables, are loaded with antioxidants.
Antioxidants boost our immune systems. They also protect us from the harmful effects of free radials. Free radicals are known to cause diseases.
I try to eat at least six helpings of fruit and vegetables every day. If you eat them for snacks, it’s easy.
Eat as little processed food as you can get away with. They’re poison to our systems. And, as our bodies try to flush the junk out, we often get debilitating inflammations.
Drink filtered water. At least one half of our body weight in ounces daily. At 160 pounds, you’d drink 80 ounces.
Number two: Exercise:
One of the biggest complaints of us kids on the far side of 55, is loss of mobility. Our level of independence is directly related to the extent of our movements.
There’s a simple solution: move around!
Don’t wait until you’re crippled from ‘acting your age’. Start exercising now to keep your flexibility, and independence, as you ripen.
The best idea would include both aerobic activity and strength training.
Benefits of exercise:
- Increases longevity
- Improves general health
- Protects us from heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure
- Prevents some cancers
- Helps prevent type 2 diabetes
- Increases bone density
- Reduces risk of falling and improves balance
- Relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety>
- Increases energy levels
- Weight loss and maintenance
- Improves sleep
- Extends independence
I’m not suggesting high impact workouts, either. A simple 30 minute walk and lifting some light weights, should fit nicely into your schedule.
If you’re outta shape, you may wanna check with your health care provider before you start entering marathons, and strong man competitions.
Number three: Control Stress:
Although stress is a natural and healthy response of living, chronic stress isn’t natural, nor healthy.
Pro-longed stress can lead to mental and physical problems like depression, anxiety, heart problems, high blood pressure, chest pains, headaches, stomach problems, and sleep problems.
Eating a balanced, healthy diet, regular exercise, proper sleep, staying sociable and having interests beyond ourselves, are all proven stress relievers and inhibitors.
If you want more details, click on the following blue link for a short, but concise article on the subject: Click Here
If you suffer from stress long enough to have one of the above symptoms, definately talk to your doctor about your feelings. And, don’t accept it as a natural part of getting older… It ‘ain’t!
Bonus: Skin Maintenance:
While I believe our attitude is far more important than how we ‘look’ to others, I don’t see anything wrong with taking care of the wrappings of our package.
After all, the condition of our skin, is about more than showing, or not showing, the ravages of aging.
It’s also an indication of our general health.
And, the three best remedies for optimal skin conditioning, are:
The above 3 steps, or suggestions, for slowing down the effects of aging!
These strategies will remain our foundation for living longer, being healthier, feeling good and enjoying life.
That said, let’s talk about a few basic strategies we can use to help our skin. (You can read my post about skin care, when you click on the following blue link: Eye Wrinkle Treatments)
Three Easy Skin Care Strategies:
1. Hydration: choose an hydrator that’s not oil-based. You want one that’s gentle on skin with no perfume or color.
As they may irritate your skin, stay away from those with harsh or soapy ingredients. Often the best are the simplest and cheapest.
2. Exfoliation: is removing dead skin cells from the epidermis, or the top layer of skin.
It’s not a good idea to use the same exfoliation mixture on both your body and face.
For your body, get an exfoliation scrub containing beads, pits, sugar, salt or another natural exfoliating substance. (it should be labeled ‘body scrub’).
For our face, we want a gentle, non-irritating, every-day cleanser. Sensitive skin does not respond well to scrubs or acidic cleansers. So test before using extensively.
3. Moisturization: apply a moisturizing cream immediately after exfoliation. Again, consider using a different moisturizer on your face than the one you use on your body.
To read more about picking a skin care product, click on the following blue link: Eye Wrinkle Treatments
Please note that these strategies are lifestyle choices. Nothing difficult about any of them. Yet, they’re the foundation for living a longer life, living healthy, and enjoying your remaining years… naturally!
As per usual: let me end this by saying “I don’t know anything for certain and I’ve no advice about anything. My role is reporting upon my research and sharing personal stories with you.
Still, I hope to inspire you in some small way.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…