You may have noticed at your last high school reunion that some people look their age while others never seem to age at all. While good genetics plays a role in how people age physically, it takes more than just the right genes to stay looking young and healthy.
For those who are looking for the secret of eternal youth, that has yet to be discovered. However, there are at least 10 different ways you can stay looking and feeling young which will be with you every day.
Always Look Ahead
One trait that is very common to those who look young is their ability to always look forward for new opportunities. If you go back to your high school graduation, there was so much excitement about all the things that you can do. Today, even though you are older and have more responsibilities, the conditions have not changed at all. Whether you are 18 or 81, you can still go out and find new opportunities that provide you with something to cherish. Those who maintain their youth are those who look around the corner for the next opportunity to come their way.
Of course, looking ahead in life is a lot easier when you have a positive attitude. Look at those who have been successful and continue to find success and a positive attitude is part of what has helped them to that place in their lives. So, if you want to stay young, you must capture that positive attitude and energy you had in your youth. The good news is that it is still there inside if you only give it the chance to come out. Start by looking forward to the small things while planning the bigger changes in your life. A positive attitude comes in handy when you are about to take a big step in your life.
Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude. – Lou Holtz
You do not have to train for the Olympics, but it does help if you have a good workout routine five days a week that helps you break a sweat. You can engage in constructive activities such as gardening or lawn care that has you moving around. Or, you can engage in traditional aerobics and anaerobic exercises that also build up the muscle while getting rid of the excess fat. The good news is that you can engage in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that provides you with an excellent workout all in 10 to 15 minutes. Also, you can try yoga which keeps the body limber. In any case, find a way to break a good sweat five days a week.
To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. – Gene Tunney
You are what you eat which means that you need to consume a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. The more unprocessed foods you consume, the healthier you will be as well. Of course, you can still enjoy the sweets as you maintain a balanced diet. Remember to eat in moderation which will help you shed the excess weight even faster. It doesn’t take long before you are looking and feeling younger when you eat healthy.
Stress can age your body considerably if you do not learn how to control it. The stress you feel from work and your obligations at home can be considerable. The good news is that a healthy diet and exercise routine can go a long way towards reducing the stress in your life. In addition, you can meditate, try yoga, and do breathing exercises which also takes away the stress. The more you can reduce the stress, the less it will affect your appearance.
Life is never meant to be comfortable which means that you must take some risks in your life. Unfortunately, not every challenge will end up in the win column which means that you will suffer from setbacks. But that is the price of taking risks and it is well worth it if you keep in mind that failure is not the end, but only a reset so that you can learn and try again. Taking risks on the things you want to do helps you stay young.
Use the Proper Skin Care Products
The more youthful the skin, the younger you will look. Those who take care of their skin by staying out of sun, using moisturizers, and skincare products that have vitamins and minerals will stay looking younger. In addition, use skin care products that offer UV protection which blocks out the harmful rays of the sun and protects your skin from premature aging. Also, products with antioxidants help as well since they prevent the free radicals from doing damage.
Challenge Your Mind
In addition to your workout routines to keep your body healthy, you’ll need to keep your mind sharp as well. You can do crossword puzzles, play board games, engage in trivia contests, or any activity that helps keep the mind active. You can spot someone who is mentally sharp because they often look younger than their age which is what you want as well.
It’s never achieving the goal that derives the most satisfaction, it is reflecting on the journey that gets you there. Basically, this means that you should always look forward to another challenge after you have completed a task. Naturally, you should celebrate all achievements as that provides the fuel to challenge yourself again. By not settling, you are staying active and off the couch. It is when people settle in life that they start to age because their bodies mimic their minds.
Embrace Your Passion
Your hobby should be something that you are passionate about, so embrace it and let your passion flow. Choose a hobby that is challenging, but one that you care a great deal about so that your passion can be fulfilled. By staying passionate, you are also staying young and vibrant. So, protect your passion and use it for activities that you truly love. This will help you stay young and healthy.