Humanity has been looking for the “elixir of life” – a substance that allegedly gives the user eternal youth – since immemorial times. The bad news is that nobody has ever found anything similar to an elixir of life. The good news is that it’s perfectly possible to decelerate our biological clocks by following a couple of simple steps.
1. Exercise more.
We don’t need to think twice about this. The benefits of physical activity are well known. Individuals who exercise for 30 minutes daily are more likely to be independent for longer. Of course, care homes will always be necessary, but the longer we can live without needing help from others, in our own houses, the better. Regular exercise also improves cardiovascular health, flexibility, strength and bone density.
You don’t have to compete in The World’s Strongest Man to be healthy. It’s possible to exercise more at home, for instance. A great tip is using adjustable dumbbells for toning muscles and developing a firm chest.
2. Get a skin treatment.
Of course we want to be healthier, but let’s face it: when we talk about stopping ‘Father Time”, we are also talking about slowing down the effects of ageing on our looks. Fortunately, there is a solution for it as well: skin treatments. One of the most modern treatments available in the UK is the hyped hydrafacial treatment. It comprises detoxification, purification, peeling, extraction, moisturisation and the application of antioxidant protection. The result is a skin that is much more youthful and fresh.
3. Eat more fruits and veggies.
Eating more fruits and vegetables can significantly slow the ageing process. The NHS recommends eating at least five portions of fruit or vegetable daily. A portion of fruit or vegetables is roughly 80g. Fruits and vegetables are good because they provide several vitamins and minerals, and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. They are an excellent source of fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy gut and avoid constipation.
4. Go outside.
There is no better way to stay healthy and young than to spend time outside. The body’s response to being outside is tangible and quantifiable. Being outdoors increases longevity, promotes sleep quality and reduces cancer risk. The psychological effects are also huge, with a significant boost in motivation and, consequently, the desire to be more active. Outdoor activities also reduce stress and cortisol levels, muscle tension and factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
Furthermore, you wouldn’t want to miss your city’s beautiful sunsets. However, whatever you do, always have sunscreen available. The sun is the number one reason skin ages too quickly.
5. Drink more water.
Our bodies are mostly made of water. That’s why water is so vital to our lives. Drinking water can stop dehydration, a disorder that leads to mental confusion, emotional instability, overheating, constipation and kidney stones. It also helps you to feel satiated and reduces calorie intake when used as a substitute for sugary drinks. There is more. Regularly drinking water helps your body to maintain an optimal temperature and lubricates joints.
6. Implement a skincare routine.
Beauty treatments can work wonders, but to stay young and healthy, you must create a skincare routine. Wash, cleanse and moisturise your skin regularly. Don’t forget to be gentle; leave radical treatments to specialists. Always use a clean towel and avoid products that irritate the skin. Remember: your daily habits significantly impact what you see in the mirror. Don’t give up if you don’t see results in the first few days. They are only seen after several weeks of consistent use.
7. Stop smoking
It doesn’t make sense to pursue a longer life while smoking. One thing contradicts the other. Several studies have discovered that smoking is a significant risk factor for premature facial wrinkling and ageing. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk. Smokers commonly have a greyish, wasted appearance, and tobacco users in their 40s have the same number of facial wrinkles as non-smokers in their 60s. The reason is simple: smoking weakens the skin’s ability to repair itself.
It is possible to stay young for a long time
The real “elixir of youth” is knowledge, resilience and action. You’ll significantly enhance your life span by exercising more, taking care of your skin, eating a balanced diet, getting outside, drinking more water and quitting smoking. Don’t waste any more time. Act now.