Keeping age at bay

Monday, 11 March 2013

Keeping age at bay1. Get off the couch

Exercise is not number one for nothing – it’s one of the best ways to ensure you live longer and stay younger! Research shows that people who sweat it out for half an hour every day, have body cells 10 years younger than inactive people. Exercise combats not only loss of stamina, muscle strength and bone density, but also improves blood flow to your brain, stimulating new nerve cells.

2. Stress less

Stress and exhaustion can cause havoc on your body. Geneticists have found that chronic stress shortens the lifespan of the cells in your body, but by reducing stress in your life, you’ll be able to actively fight of the effects of ageing. You can keep your stress levels to a minimum by exercising and getting enough rest and surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people.

3. Reduce alcohol and smoking

Drinking alcohol and smoking have been cited as two of the major causes of premature ageing. Alcohol contains toxins that damage your overall health and too much alcohol consumption can deprive your body of essential nutrients. It can also cause heart disease, increased blood pressure and liver cancer.

Smoking not only cuts down your lifespan by increasing your risk for several cancers, but it also causes your blood vessels to narrow, impairing blood flow to your skin. Both alcohol and smoking greatly intensify the ageing process, leading to sagging, wrinkling and an overall tired look.

4. Better Bones

Bone density peaks at the age of 30 and then starts to decline. However, you can promote strong bones and prevent bone thinning later in life with exercise and two essential nutrients, calcium and vitamin D. Calcium supports your bones and tooth structure and can be found in milk, cheese, sardines, spinach and other leafy greens. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium from food and is found in tuna, salmon, eggs, sardines and yogurt. You can also prevent bone loss with exercise – playing sports, lifting weights, running and any other activity that moves muscle will promote stronger, denser bones.

5. Live healthy, eat healthy

Cutting out trans-fats, refined carbs and sugar; increasing your fibre intake; eating more vegetables than animal protein; and drinking five to eight glasses of water each day could help you to live longer and look younger.

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Danica Potgieter is a sassy sub-editor, witty writer and lover of high heels, lipgloss & her flat iron! (Hates bios, so this is all there is!)

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  1. ProMakeupMe

    Stress is definitely my biggest youth guzzler at the moment :(

    6 years ago •

  1. van der Walt

    Easier said than done I suppose, but definetely something to keep in mind.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    I’m going to have to work on the “stress less” aspect..

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    So true, yet all so hard to do!

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    We must always try and do the more healthy option.

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    If only there was a solution to combat stress…

    6 years ago •

  1. BEZUIDENHOUDT

    So hard not to stress in this day and age.

    6 years ago •

  1. Harte-Joubert

    I eat well, don’t smoke, don’t drink But I know I stress too much. Thanks for the tips.

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Wish I had a personal chef devoting all their time to making me the healthiest yummiest food. That would make me stress a lot less :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Wish I could find a way to stess less!

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    A very very interesting article, will for sure eat healthy from now on.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Great tips, the smoking is definately one habit people should try to break!

    6 years ago •

  1. Hansen

    Great tips,…will share with my wife, she likes stressing over minor things.

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    Exercising also somehow gives you loads of extra energy, which helps in our busy lives, especially with kids.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Stress really has a bad impact on our bodies.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    I choose to live healthy, eat healthy and look 15 years younger,….good feeling

    6 years ago •

  1. Nettie

    thank you for the tips – i should start to live healthy and stop stressing

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Im already more or less in the right track:)

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    If I ever have kids I would like to think that I would start off immediately by setting good foundations of healthy living. Because if I look at how I neglected my body as a teenager I feel sick to my stomach. Now I’m working twice as hard as people my age to keep fit and healthy and young.

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    this is a good article, the stress less part will be abit difficult though

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Number 2 stands out for me the most. We cannot avoid stress as working professionals but the key is to stop frowning and smile a bit more, even if it’s fake :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Thank you for this article, i need to take some calcium supplements.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Scary about the decline of bne density – must start with the calcium supps

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Less stress, something I’ll work on

    6 years ago •

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