If you focus on your health you can look your best at whatever age your are. Exercising can help you stay strong and independent as you age so you can keep up with your day-to day activities. There’s nothing less attractive than someone desperately clinging to the last remnants of their youth. It’s far sexier to be comfortable in your own skin. Even the biggest post-50 heartthrob, George Clooney, has spoken about the importance of embracing each extra candle on your birthday cake. “I’m a big believer in the idea that you can’t try to look younger. You just have to try to look the best you can at the age you are,” he said in a recent interview. And he has the salt and pepper hair to prove it.
Here are some of the little things that I’ve noticed that people who are aging gracefully all have in common:
1. They Stress Less.
Numerous studies have shown that stress, whether it’s from work or family, can cause aging on a cellular level – maybe even causing you to age a decade faster. On the outside stress can cause sleepless nights (dark circles), skin dehydration, and even hair loss in extreme cases. Your golden years are to be enjoyed so take a moment and breathe.
2. They Learn Something New Every Day.
Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. You need to stay curious and try something different. All of these things help you break out of your monotonous routine and can help you get out of a rut. In addition, learning something new can give you confidence! One study showed that older adults who took up a new activity for three months showed considerable improvements in memory compared with those who only engaged in familiar activities.
3. They Workout to Get Strong, Not Skinny.
While cardio is good, strength training is a must, especially as you age. Even in our 30’s we start to lose muscle mass – up to 5% per decade if we don’t work to maintain and build it. In fact, according to Ken Kim, an internal medicine specialist, after age 45 we lose 1 percent every year which can add up.
4. They Stay Positive.
Complaining about old age won’t make you any younger. Why don’t you chose positive thoughts that can bring a number of benefits including better coping skills, a better immune system, and even a longer life. A study of nearly 100,000 women over 50 found that optimists had a 14 percent lower risk of death and were 30 percent less likely to die from coronary heart disease than their pessimistic peers. Another study even found that even people with heart disease who stayed positive were58 percent more likely to survive an additional five years. So, now why don’t you start seeing that glass as half full.
5. They Don’t Overdo it with the Makeup.
Everyone likes dressing up and putting on a little makeup, but don’t be tempted to overdo it. They key is to enhance what you’ve got rather than piling on layers of foundation to cover up what you don’t like anymore. Too much makeup will end up looking like a mask and unnatural, taking away your natural glow and eventuallu settling in to and accentuating fine lines and wrinkles. Along the same lines….
6. They Embrace Their Changing Looks.
George Clooney has said that he won’t dye his hair anytime soon. He even added that going to such measures can sometimes make you look worst. We’re all for ditching the dye if you’re comfortable with it. Instead of covering up your grays, how about drawing attention to them with a new cut rather than color? Simple tricks like adding layers, bangs and volume can completely transform your look. And there is nothing more aging than rocking the same hairstyle you had in the 80’s.
7. They Eat and Drink to Their Health.
You’ve heard the old saying that you are what you eat and it is definitely true as you age. Earlier this year, Huff/Post50 spoke with dermatologist Patricia Farris to learn what changes we need to take with our diets as we age. Farris stressed the importance of getting vitamins from foods we eat rather than just supplements. She said it’s never too late to beef up your diet with enriching foods to ward off further aging. Be sure that you’re eating a rainbow of foods, rich especially in Vitamins A,C,E, and K.
8. The Let Go of Regrets and Grudges.
You can’t move on to the future when you’re stuck looking back at the past. You need to learn from your mistakes rather than replaying them over and over in your head. Like the proverb says: “Let go or be dragged.”