We’d all like to be ten years younger (unless you’re under twenty eight!) but there is a way to look and feel ten years younger. Looking young may well help your career, but the real benefit is in feeling young and the increased enthusiasm and energy levels that this will bring.
Strategy 1: Don’t Sun Bathe
Even with skin cancer on the increase, you still find people stripping off as soon as the sun comes out, anxious to get a tan, especially in the West Country where I live. But sunlight is incredibly ageing to the skin.
The two types of sunlight are UVA and UVB. UVB burns the skin and UVA ages the skin. Look at the skin on the inside of your arm and see how young and fresh it looks, compared to the top part of your arm. The difference you see is caused by sun damage. So if you want to be ten years younger you must wear sun block if you are in the sun for any length of time. I would prefer to have young skin than tanned skin.
Strategy 2: Don’t Smoke
Everyone know that smoking causes cancer, but not everyone appears to know that smoking also deprives the skin of oxygen, leading to more wrinkles and general ageing of the skin. It also deprives the gums of oxygen and is a major cause of shrinking gums leading to the loss of teeth; not the way to look young!
Strategy 3: Eat Healthily
If you eat healthily your skin will look clear and fresh. Go easy on sugar, salt, fatty meat, fried food, takeaways and any food that is full of additives. Eat simple, nutritious food, with plenty of fruit, vegetables and fibre.
How you feel after eating is a good indication of whether the food is good for you. If you feel heavy and lethargic, you’ve probably been eating junk. If you feel lively and energetic half an hour after eating, then you’ve probably eaten healthily. Your skin, hair and nails will benefit. Not only that, you will feel full of energy and will avoid many of the digestive problems that many middle aged people seem to suffer from.
Strategy Four: Exercise Regularly
Young people are so bouncy, energetic and flexible. We tend to ascribe this to their youth, but in actual fact it has a lot to do with physical fitness. The aches and pains and stiffness of older people is often caused by a lack of exercise.
Start with ten minutes of exercise a day if you are really unfit, then build up by adding an extra ten minutes a day every week. Walking is a good exercise to start with for the very unfit. You will soon be amazed at how quickly you progress and how, strange as it seems, the more you exercise the more energetic you seem to feel. Yoga is also excellent for building up strength and flexibility for any age group.
Strategy Five: Drink Alcohol Moderately
If you want to avoid being overweight and sluggish then cut down on alcohol. Alcohol has a lot of calories and can make you feel tired very quickly. It can make your face look look red and puffy. It also has a detrimental effect upon your will power, making it more likely that you will indulge in other unhealthy habits, like smoking or eating junk food. You don’t have to stop completely, but try not drink alcohol every day, and try to have moderate amounts with a meal.
Strategy Six: Moisturise Daily
Young skin will always make you look younger, so in addition to sun protection and healthy eating, regular moisturising will help the skin to retain moisture and keep it looking young. The moisturising cream doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive one, but regular use will be beneficial.
Strategy Seven: Keep The Weight Off
Some people seem to think that middle age spread is inevitable, but it’s not. Yes you do have to work harder to stay slim as you get older, but it is possible. Healthy eating and daily exercise will help to keep the weight off.
Much of the stress which causes over eating could be dealt with by daily exercise, which is a great way to release tension and anxiety. Not only that but exercise actually reduces your appetite. Who fancies a big meal straight after a session of aerobics or martial arts? Bear in mind that staying slim will make you look ten years younger than you are, because so many people give in and believe that middle-aged weight gain is inescapable.But it’s not!
Strategy Eight: Keep Hydrated
Drink plenty of water, fruit juice or herbal tea. Some caffeine is fine, but too much can make you tense and give you a headache. A lot of tiredness is caused by dehydration, so drink plenty to keep up your energy levels and keep your skin looking fresh and young.
Strategy Nine: Be Aware Of What’s In Vogue
If your clothes are up to date then you will appear younger. Being up to date doesn’t mean slavishly following fashion; many people develop their own style as they get older. But you need to be aware of what is fashionable and not stray too far from that, or you will look hopelessly out of touch. Being in touch applies not only to clothes, but to technology and new thinking. If you are like a technological dinosaur then you will seem much older.
Strategy Ten: Mix With Younger People
Younger people and especially children have a much fresher perspective on life. As we get older we ten to adopt the attitude that we’ve seen it and done it all before. As a result we stop seeing things and we stop learning. We don’t see things as they are, we see what we expect to see. As a result we can develop a very jaundiced outlook on life; hence the ‘grumpy old man/woman’ stereotype.
Children look at everything with fresh eyes. They are excited by the mundane because it’s new to them, and their attitude can rub off on us. We can begin to enjoy and appreciate the things we normally take for granted, and nothing makes us seem and feel younger than enthusiasm.
Ideally you should start at as young an age as possible, but the sooner you carry out my ten strategies, the sooner you can hold back time.