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Managing the Ageing Process

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 8 Feb 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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None of us are able to turn the clock back and it’s pointless to hold on to any belief that we can look as young as we did in our 60s and 70s, or be as physically active as we were back in our younger days. There are however, many things you can do to help keep you looking and feeling younger.

Nutrition
Good nutrition not only makes you look younger but makes you feel younger too. You should avoid any products containing saturated fats and cut down on the amounts of processed foods you eat. You should also be aiming to eat around 5 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. Alongside a healthy eating plan, you should keep yourself well hydrated and it’s recommended that you try to drink a good six to seven glasses of water per day.

Food Supplements
If you eat a healthy and balanced diet, most of the vitamins and fatty acids that are vital to good physical health will be incorporated into the food you choose to eat. However, as you get older, you can give yourself an additional boost by adding supplements to your food. Things like selenium, Q-10, and Omega 3 supplements will keep your cells healthy and reduce the risk of suffering from inflammation of the joints.

Weight and Exercise
Try to keep your body mass index (BMI) somewhere in the region of 24 to 27. There are many useful resources online to help you learn how to calculate your BMI. Not only does frequent weight gain and loss also cause your skin to lose its elasticity, it can also affect your stress levels and have other far reaching health implications, so regulating your BMI helps to prevent you from getting too overweight or, indeed, becoming underweight. Exercise too not only helps to keep your weight in check and to keep your bones and joints well-oiled and more supple, it’s also a good mood enhancer and keeps you on the ball mentally.

Protecting Your Skin
Sunscreen and other sun protection products aren’t just for when you go on holiday. When the sun’s shining, you should wear adequate protection lotion with an SPF of at least 30 which also protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and this doesn’t just apply when you’re sat sunbathing in your garden but even when you’re out at the shops or doing some gardening.

By making sure you’re protected, it will help to keep your skin looking younger and prevent more serious damage occurring such as skin cancer. Similarly, if you’re a smoker – give up now! Not only is smoking one of the most dangerous things you can do to your health, it is a major cause of premature skin ageing which can cause you to look 20 years older than you actually are.

Stress
No one is immune to stress, whether they’ve retired or not. And, whilst not having to deal with the everyday hassles that work might have presented any more, there are plenty of other factors that could cause you to feel stressed out. Breathing techniques and even the likes of meditation or yoga could help you conquer stress. It’s important not to dismiss these kinds of options as stress can be one of the biggest killers.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep
When you retire, it’s often easy to forget how your day would tend to be structured when you had to go out to work so it’s useful to build a programme for your retirement activities, within which 7 or 8 continuous hours of sleep is recommended. It’s not a problem to ‘cat-nap’ – indeed, many doctors would recommend a short nap of half an hour or so in the afternoon but adopting a regular sleeping pattern at night will improve both your physical health and mental well-being.

There are other things you might want to consider to keep the ageing process at bay. Hormone replacement therapy has been known to work wonders for some and you may even take things further by considering some form of cosmetic surgery. However, before you go ahead with either of these processes, you should talk things through with your GP first.

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