Be kind to your skin
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. If you treat it with care, it can better protect your body from the elements and regulate your body temperature. To make sure your skin looks and functions as well as possible:
Regular exercise helps you stay mobile longer. Exercise also reduces stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and mood. Some examples of exercise are:
Watch your diet
A healthy diet is the best way to age gracefully.
Mental health is important.
Being happy and keeping your stress levels low will go a long way to living well and growing old.
Keep your mood up:
Stay physically active
Numerous studies have linked a sedentary life to an increased risk of chronic disease and premature death. Some options for staying active are hiking and trekking, taking holidays, and participating in group classes. Or apply sitting breaks in everyday life, also called sitting breaks.
Find new hobbies
Finding new and meaningful hobbies can help you maintain a sense of purpose and keep you engaged throughout your life.
Mindfulness is about acceptance and living in the moment by focusing on the present. Practicing mindfulness has many proven health benefits that can help you age better, including:
To practice mindfulness, try:
Reduce your stress
The effects of stress on your body are huge, ranging from premature ageing and wrinkles to a higher risk of heart disease. There are a number of proven ways to relieve stress, including:
Stop smoking and consume less alcohol
Smoking and alcohol have both been shown to cause premature ageing and increase the risk of disease.
Get enough sleep
Sleeping well is important for your physical and mental health. It also plays a role in your skin health. How much sleep you need depends on your age. Adults over 18 should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
It’s been proven that getting enough sleep reduces:
It’s been proven that getting enough sleep improves:
Drink enough water
Drinking enough water helps you stay regular and improves your energy level and brain function. Coincidentally, it has also been proven to help keep the skin healthier and reduce signs of ageing.
How much water you should drink depends on:
Take care of your mouth
Failing to take care of your teeth will not only age your smile but also put you at risk for gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease, strokes and bacterial pneumonia.
See a doctor regularly
Seeing your doctor regularly can help detect problems early or even before they start. How often you see your doctor depends on your age, lifestyle, family history and existing conditions.
Ask your doctor how often you should go for check-ups and screening tests as you get older. Also, always see your doctor if you have any worrying symptoms.