Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How To Stop Aging: 10 Key Lifestyle Changes



Whenever I read an article on stopping aging I have to laugh. Sure sometime in the distance future we may be able to stop the aging process either by manipulating genes, cloning, robotics or some other medical procedure. At sixty-five years of age it's a little to late for me to stop aging and to be honest I am not sure I want to stop aging and live forever.

My goal is not to stop aging but to age well. Let's face it at some point even the most healthy of us will succumb to the ravages of old age. Even Jack LaLanne could not stop aging. However Jack lived an active, rewarding life right up to is ninety-seventh year. This then is my goal to live a well, strong and rewarding life to the end, whenever that end may come.


If we cannot stop aging how can we at least slow down the aging process? Fortunately there are simple lifestyle changes that you can take that will help you aging well. Following are the top ten lifestyle changes proven to slow aging.
  1. Don't smoke: Now I am assuming that if you are reading this you are a non smoker. I won't repeat all the science behind the dangers of smoking, just don't do it.

  1. Be happy: Stress kills; we know that stress the damages to the mind and body have been fully documented by the scientific community. "Don't worry be happy" is a simplistic mantra, but truth be told, filling your life with things you love and getting rid of almost everything else is a great aging well strategy. Practicing stress relieving activities like meditation and exercise, and being grateful should be a daily goal.

  1. Eat Your Fruit and Veggies: Yes your mom was right and science backs her up with hard evidence that oxidative damage caused by toxins contributes to the aging process at a cellular level. Foods (veggies and fruit) high in antioxidants seem to protect us from oxidative stress.

  1. Throw Out the Sugar!: The sooner you break the sugar habit the sooner you slow down aging. Beware sugar in the disguise of corn syrup is in almost all process foods. Sugar is a direct cause of aging and reducing lifespan in organisms from yeast to monkeys.

  1. Eat fish: Some evidence suggests that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are particularly beneficial to the skin. Because of concerns about mercury levels in some fish like tuna go for fish like sardines. Also stay away from farm raised fish, it may be less expensive but studies suggest they are a less healthy choice.

  1. Get Your ZZZ's: We all know how much better we look and feel when we have a full night's sleep.But more than that getting eight hours of sleep heals and rebuilds your body.

  1. Exercise Your Brain: Challenging yourself mentally, doing things like traveling and learning new languages at any age is one of the key elements of slow down the aging process. Go out of your way trying new things and exercising your brain.

  1. Check Your Vitamin D Level: Recently my doctor check my vitamin D levels and found It was lower than I should be despite taking a multi vitamin. I now take 1000 IU of D. Current research suggests that vitamin D may be particularly important in slowing the aging process.

  1. Strength Training: Pump iron or do body weight exercises like pushups, building strong muscles is the best way to look younger than your years. You lose muscle mass as you age. But anyone at any age can build muscle looks fabulous and feel great.

  1. Cardio: Cardio exercise is still important for health. So get moving run, walk, do jumping jacks, square dance, it really doesn't matter just get that heart rate up to 70-80% of your max
We may not stop aging, but we can age well. The above ten key lifestyle changes outlined in this article are by no means the only changes you can make to slow the aging process, but adapting these ten changes will go a long way to improving your chances of slowing aging rate.
Age should not prevent you from living and active, healthy and rewarding life. As someone who has suffered with debilitating back pain, surgery and various other problems I am at age sixty-five healthy, fit and ready for whatever life throws at me! Take the first step for more FREE information, reports and videos and Click Here.
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