Getting older is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we have to look and feel old. No matter how hard we try to resist it, age will catch up with us, especially if we don’t make a concerted effort to look and feel our best.
Is getting older catching up with you? Do you see wrinkles on your skin or feel those old aches in your bones? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to look and feel just as amazing — if not better — than you did decades ago. Here are six ideas to get you started.
Drink plenty of water.
When you're dehydrated, you don't feel good — and you don’t look good either. Dehydration can make you feel tired, lethargic, and out-of-sorts, according to research from the Cleveland Clinic. Drink about eight glasses a day, and you will easily feel like a different person, energized and youthful. Watch your skin glow — this natural resource does wonders for your body.
Have mini adventures at home.
Right now the coronavirus has made travel limited and even dangerous. But there are many ways to see a new part of your own city and have a de-stressing staycation. Spend the weekend in a local rental and see a side of your city you’ve never seen, or simply enjoy staying in at home by the pool (if you have one) or even with just a good book.
These mini-adventures can keep you feeling young by giving you something to look forward to and by providing a restorative break from the day-to-day. But if your home feels a bit stale, consider taking measures to clear out bad energy by decluttering or burning sage beforehand.
Make time for friends.
Even in the virtual world, staying social will help you feel young and healthy. Researchers from Utah’s Brigham Young University claim that strong friendships can help us not only live longer but also feel more youthful. Research also shows that friends can help reduce the risk of obesity, inflammation, and high blood pressure. Even if you can’t meet face to face, call up your old pals to see how they are doing.
Adopt or foster a dog.
Dog owners are likely to live longer than their pet-free peers, and the news is even better for single folks. You’ll have a 33% reduced risk of mortality and 11% lower risk of a heart attack. Owning a dog tends to increase a person’s activity level, especially with frequent walks and jogs. Dogs also provide stress relief, which can help you look and feel more youthful, too — petting and playing with them has been known to boost our own moods and sense of self-worth.
Start personal training online.
Give your health and fitness regimen a kick start with online programs. It’s one of the most effective ways to stay accountable on your journey to look and feel younger. Be sure to look for a program that combines exercise routines with a meal plan so you can focus on looking younger on the inside as well as out.
Use a collagen-based face cream.
We call collagen creams the “fountain of youth.” If you like the sound of that, there are many options to consider. Some brands are fairly pricey, but many more affordable options have reviews that claim to show an improvement in skin appearance and texture in as little as 15 days.
While we can’t hop onto a time machine and undo the changes age brings on our bodies, we can make simple decisions right now that can help us look and feel better.