No one has perfect self-esteem. That’s the truth that many fail to see; everyone has their own insecurities that they carry around—we just don’t see it. Think of the most beautiful or handsome person you know; that person also has personal worries. Add this to the stigma against aging. Many may feel they’re left out and go down a spiral of self-deprecation. This leads to disliking the inevitable truth we all face: growing old and feeling ugly.
However, as popular quotes and self-help books say, age is just a number. In more progressive times like these, more people are beginning to understand the beauty of growing older and wiser. Self-love is ever more present, and we, as a society, are becoming more open to the idea that life doesn’t end at a certain age. Despite this, many may still long for the benefits of youth: the radiance, the healthiness, and the natural aesthetics that come with being young. Even though it may sound contradictory to the idea of ‘accepting’ aging, it’s understandable why one would want to feel younger and be more healthy. These aren’t ideas that we should just simply ignore; as we grow older, we should make more effort to be healthier. And that leads to feeling younger and beautiful.
Exercise for a Good Body and Great Feeling
Medical experts often espouse the benefits of exercising, especially for those of age. What’s interesting to note is that they’re also encouraging strenuous exercise commonly associated with younger people. Research has shown that strength training increases muscular strength by developing your muscle mass and helping your bones stay strong and healthy. Regular exercises also prevent weight gain, helping you prevent diseases like heart problems, diabetes, arthritis, and much more.
Exercise will not only make you look good, but you also feel better. It also maintains your mobility or motor senses, as it engages your whole body. This keeps those joints and muscles active and ready. Doctors suggest training 3 or 4 times a week for the best results but remember to start within your capability. No need to go hard; it’s always better to start where you’re comfortable.
Eat Healthily, Look Better
There are many ways to be healthy and look beautiful: regularly going to the gym, getting a PDO facelift, finding the most appropriate fashion style. But all of these must be supplemented with proper diet and healthy eating habits. Here’s a quick rundown of what to avoid and what to take:
Omega-3s. We’re told to avoid fats, but omega-3 is the good kind of fat. These are commonly found in fish, like mackerel or salmon. They’re needed for keeping the cell membrane healthy and keeps our body moisturized. This means younger and healthier-looking skin.
Red wine. It may come as a surprise to some, but red wine is heavily recommended for its anti-aging properties. It has a high amount of procyanidins that keep blood vessels healthy. Of course, consume with moderation.
Vegetables. They were suggested when we were kids; they’ll still be suggested when we’re older. Vegetables contain a lot of nutrients while being low in calories or fats. Eating a wide variety of vegetables can help you complete your nutritional needs and
Don’t Stop Learning
While there’s a saying that goes, “an old dog can’t learn new tricks,” the common and more positive adage “you’re never too old to learn something new” is better to keep to heart. A new hobby, like video games, reading modern books, or even learning how to play a musical instrument, will help you keep yourself mentally active. Much like exercise keeps the body healthy and active, learning something new helps keep the brain healthy. It can prevent serious health problems associated with older age as well.
Beyond the very beneficial health benefits, however, lies another great benefit that we simply can’t ignore: the wonder of curiosity. Keeping an open and eager mind is the key to remaining young and prevents cynicism from stepping in. And communities behind hobbies are very accepting and welcoming, making it the perfect place to make new friends.
Is laughter the best medicine? Is it even medicine? Some doctors think so, as research has shown that it exercises several muscles, including the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm. It also improves blood circulation and exercises the facial muscles. But even with these health benefits, laughter brings something more to the table: it decreases stress hormones. When we laugh, our brain releases endorphins, making us feel happier. So indeed, laughter does act as a medicine sometimes.
With these tips, you can feel and look young, healthy, and beautiful—no matter your real age.