Congratulations – If you’re reading this, it means you are aging (which you have to admit, beats the alternative). But you didn’t come this far to feel like you’ve come this far, right? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. If there’s one thing Tony and I hear all the time it’s some version of ‘You’re HOW OLD’?!?! And that’s with the severe sleep deprivation that comes with parenting small children. Here are some of our tried and tested tips to look and feel at least 15 years younger (assuming you’re over 30, that is).
Tip# 1: Hydrate – I know, I know. But are you? You need to drink enough water, every day. How much is enough? It depends on your size, but figure at least 104 ounces a day if you’re male and 72 ounces if you’re a female (more if you’re pregnant). And not in the form of coffee, juice, or sodas, if you please. Doing this alone does wonders for your skin, weight, and overall health. So if you want to feel and look younger, you need to drink water!
Tip #2: Just say ‘Yes’ to fat – you need to eat fat. I think we all know that now, but just in case you’re not convinced…EAT THE FAT. Nuts, seeds, avocados, or fish oil supplements are all excellent sources of much needed fatty acids that will keep you looking younger and perkier. If you’ve ever seen anyone who is seriously depriving themselves of fat, the first thing you’ll notice is how dried and sunken they look. Fat helps your cells regenerate. New cells equals younger looking you!
Tip # 3: Just say ‘No’ to drugs and booze – Seriously, there’s nothing wrong in your life right now that a pill or a glass of alcohol is going to make better. Do you need it to relax or cope with your life? Hmmm…not judging, but see how much you can do without. Abstaining from alcohol for just one month can drop years (sometimes decades) off your face. Don’t believe us? Check this out . After only 6 months or a year of sobriety, some people look decades younger! Crazy!
Tip #4: Get moving with some vigorous cardio – Although we are not proponents of cardio as your only form of exercise (because hello, strength training is the bomb), there is no doubt that getting your heart pounding and your blood circulating. Make oxygen your new drug of choice and force that baby all throughout your body. You will remove toxins more quickly and feel amazing! Nothing will give you that youthful glow like a nice rush of cardio.
Tip #5: Be optimistic– Wrinkles are a badge of honor, but smile lines are much more attractive than the frowny, scowly ones. Not only that, but practicing joy and gratitude has been proven to slow the aging process and provide numerous health benefits. This is probably the hardest exercise, because of all the negativity we’re surrounded with, but a good start is practicing an attitude of gratitude. Make a habit of writing down 5 things you’re thankful for every day. When you’re tempted to worry about something, challenge yourself to think of all the good things that could happen. This inner serenity will do wonders for your outer appearance…good thing you’re not buying booze anymore, or you’d get carded for sure!
Bonus: Moisturize – Because your skin isn’t going to take care of itself, you know. Even if you’ve never done this, start moisturizing your face and neck today before going to bed and you’ll be happy you did. Most products claim they’ll make you look younger. I’m not so sure, but I figure it can’t hurt, right?
In conclusion, it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself, and just because you’ll never see thirty again, doesn’t mean you have to look OLD. We are firmly convinced that regular exercise and healthy eating allows you to enjoy your life to the fullest! We help people by providing daily fitness classes, personal training, online training, and we also offer several corporate programs. If you want to work with people who live what they teach, let’s connect!
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