6 Life Hacks For Better Aging

 

As we age, we look for things we can do to prevent wrinkles, diseases, and cognitive function. The good news is that there are hundreds of things that can be done to help you age in the best way possible. Here we are going to look at six life hacks you can apply to your life today to help you age better.

1 – Invest In Large Sunglasses: The skin around your eyes is the most delicate and thin skin you own. It’s also the place that wrinkles tend to appear first. By wearing oversized sunglasses, you are preventing sun damage from occurring around your eyes and you are also reducing how much you are squinting. This means you will have fewer eye wrinkles as well as fewer forehead wrinkles.

2 – Make Time For Your Friends: Oftentimes we find our schedules to be so hectic that we neglect to make time for a social life. However, having a social life can help you age better in many ways. The biggest thing making time for friends will accomplish is lowering your stress level. Studies have shown that being stressed out damages your skin cells, which leads to premature lines. Stress can also lower your immune system leading you to a more likely chance of becoming ill. As a bonus, making time for your friends also means that you are more active both physically and mentally.
3 – Stay Active: It’s no secret that as you age your metabolism slows down. Getting at least thirty minutes of activity, a day both increases your metabolism but can also help to increase bone density putting you at a lower risk of bone injuries as you age.
4 – Take Fish Oil Regularly: Fish oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Which a study done by Ohio State University shows can help everything from your joints, eyesight, and hair growth to making your skin look supple and improving your heart and immune functions. If fish oil isn’t for you, you can also increase your intake of seeds, nuts, sardines, or salmon.
5 – Keep Your Diet Colorful: We know there are some foods out there that speed up the aging process. What many people aren’t aware of, is that there are also some foods out there that can do the opposite. Foods like kale, broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and plums are all rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can promote healthy aging. Some of these nutrients include alpha lipoic acid, carotenoids (including vitamin A, ß-carotene, lycopene, astaxanthin, and retinol), CoQ10, glutathione, polyphenols, and vitamins C, D, and E.
6 – Change Your Opinion Of Old: There is no formal definition of what old means. The word can have many different meanings depending on the context. Don’t degrade yourself by talking about your “senior moments” or the things you can no longer do. Having a positive attitude and a good mental outlook is half the battle. When you tell yourself that you are old and can’t do things, it becomes the truth. Instead, focus on all the things you can do and remember, age is just a number.
Heath is cumulative. In today’s busy society, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves because we are so busy taking care of everyone else. Make yourself a priority and begin implementing even just one of the above suggestions for now.
By implementing the six suggestions above and sticking to them, they will become part of your normal routine. Take care of yourself now so you can ensure that you will age in a positive way.

 

What to Do When You Feel Too Busy to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

 

Most of us know that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t the easiest thing to do, and the sad truth is that many of us simply feel just too busy in life to implement any healthy changes. It’s not necessarily that you don’t have the motivation or you don’t want to have a better lifestyle – it’s simply that you don’t feel you have the time to make the required changes in order to turn your lifestyle around (because, yes, it does take time and mental energy to make positive changes!)

But you CAN turn things around if you change your mindset and the way you’re going about things. Here’s how…

1) Make small changes

You don’t have to completely revamp your lifestyle overnight. In fact, with your current work schedule and other things going on, you may never be able to achieve your ideal lifestyle. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to become one of those people who goes to the gym at 5am every morning and manages to drink enough water throughout the day. Start with simple changes, such as eating a healthier breakfast or taking the stairs up to the office. Smaller really is better than nothing, honestly!

2) Find a buddy

Rather than trying to make a change on your own, find somebody to do it with you. This could be your partner, your best friend, a neighbor or the entire family. When you are all making lifestyle changes together, it’s not only easier to stick to it, but also to get the support that you need during tough times.

3) Remember it’s not just about physical health

Living a healthier lifestyle isn’t just all about losing weight, exercising more and eating better foods. It’s also about your mental health, so you can think about ways in which to improve this too. Spend an hour just once a week after work to meditate, have a drink with some friends or even attend talking therapy sessions if you feel you have things to offload throughout the week. Still feel too busy? Well this is exactly why you need this time out. Everyone can prioritize 10 minutes a day for some quiet time, and you really must if you’re feeling frazzled. The rest will follow.

4) If you don’t succeed, try again!

Starting a new diet on Monday might seem like a great idea, but if you’re feeling like giving up by the time you get to Wednesday, don’t worry about it. Allow yourself time to ease into a healthier lifestyle, and be patient with yourself too. And, if you fall off the wagon, just put it behind you, get back up and start again. A healthy lifestyle is something that you should be able to keep for the rest of your life – it’s not a short term fix.