5 Tips on aging gracefully

aging gracefully Aug 20, 2020

Today was one of those mornings, a reality check. Haven't put on make-up for quite some time and enjoyed my casual tracksuit pants over the past months (let's blame COVID 😜). 

I was getting ready to meet a friend for lunch and wanted to look my best. I laid out my clothes with matching shoes, handbag and scarf. Then off to the shower, blow-dry my hair, and now I'm ready. Start with the foundation, but not sure what's missing and add a bit more. Then the eye-shadow, but for some reason, the mirror looks a bit foggy. I wipe the mirror and tried again. But I did not recognize this person staring back at me.  

Between my eyesight that's no longer what it was, the wrinkles and the extra padding around my waist that casually teases the zipper of my pants, it dawned on me. 

It's not the mirror, and I'm not in my 20's anymore. This is midlife (and of course my eyesight.). I had a choice! I could complain about everything around my body that's not the same as it was 30 years ago. 

- Turtle neck

- Chewing wrinkles

- Grey hair

- Boobs that are drawn to my toes with gravity

- Aches and Pains that I never imagined I would have

Or I could embrace the second act experience and age with grace. I realized that ageing gracefully isn't about trying to look like a 20-something — it's about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Like a mature cheese and bottle of wine, you can get better with age with the right care.

What can we do to maintain good physical and mental health? 

Every day we are bombarded with images in magazines, social media, advertisements and movies on the image of the perfect modern women. Getting older is something that we need to avoid at all cost that it is unattractive, of no value and the key to becoming invisible to society. 

But on the contrary, this is the time where we can draw from our experience and enjoy life without all that youthful angst and uncertainty.

To age gracefully we have to be willing and able to take care of ourselves on an emotional, mental, spiritual and physical levels to feel happy about growing older. 

This is the time to surround yourself with a circle of support, friends, family, health practitioners, fitness instructors, coaches etc. who share our interests and have the capacity to listen to us and give advice when asked.  

When we share our second act experiences, we realize we are not in this alone, and we are not the first ones to deal with the inevitable challenges that life brings.

 

5 Tips for ageing gracefully

Drink Plenty of Water

To drink water is not only beneficial for nourishing your skin by keeping it moist and to your hair and nails looking healthy and soft, keeping yourself hydrated could….. 

- Improve memory and mood

- Reduce headaches and migraines

- Reduce the risk of bladder infection

- Improves skin complexion

When you do not take enough water, your skin becomes flaky and dry leading to early ageing. When water is combined with herbal teas, it could flush out toxins.

Speak to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your water intake. 

 

Exercise Regularly 

Regular exercise does not only help you feel good, lose weight and relieve stress. Staying physically active is vital in your attempt to age well. Keep in mind that you tend to lose muscles more quickly when you age.

By performing regular workouts that can boost your muscle mass and enhance your strength, you can combat that risk. 

Some examples of exercise include:

- walking

- swimming

- dancing

- cycling

Speak to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your exercise routine

 

Stay positive – adjust your attitude

Keep a positive attitude – Instead of getting frustrated by your age, maintain a positive attitude, and you will instantly notice how your positive vibes positively reflect on your skin.

 

Get enough sleep

Is your need to sleep numbed down by the third cup of coffee? Good sleep is important for your physical and mental health. It also plays a role in your skin’s health.

Getting enough sleep has been proven to:

- lower the risk of heart disease and stroke

- reduce stress and improve your mood

- lower the risk of obesity

- improve focus and concentration 

The bottom line is, along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health.

 

Nutrition

Healthy foods are the way to go when it comes to ageing gracefully.  Nutritionist recommends that you eat:

fruits and vegetables, either fresh, frozen, or canned

lean protein, such as fish and beans

at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, bread, rice, or pasta every day

three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy, such as milk, yoghurt or cheese that are fortified with vitamin D

healthy fats

Avoid using solid fats for cooking and use oils instead. Stay away from processed foods, refined sugars, and unhealthy fats.

It would help if you also kept your salt intake to a minimum to keep your blood pressure down.

 

 

 

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