- Getting enough exercise is critical if you want to age well. Exercise reduces stress, increases flexibility and helps to keep you fit and trim as you age.
- Exercise also releases endorphins that improve your mood. When you feel better, you are more likely to make other choices that are good for you, like eat a solid, nutritious diet and take care of your skin.
- Some health experts also argue that exercise helps to stave off a myriad of diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes to arthritis.
- Best of all, exercise, especially weights, helps men maintain their firm upper body, which is a great way to stay looking young.
- Here we are at diet again. It’s true what they say – you are what you eat. As you age, your body has a harder time dealing with a variety of factors that strive to make aging a tougher process on the body.
- Your metabolism slows, which means weight gain is not only a concern but a near foregone conclusion. Men are likely to lose hair and deal with possible baldness. Men might have trouble sleeping or keeping their energy high.
- All of these factors can be dealt with through a good diet. Diet helps to control your metabolism so you’re less likely to gain weight. It helps to keep your hair, your nails and your skin vital and strong. A good diet can stave off diseases that can not only decrease life expectancy but also decrease the quality of the life you do have left.
- What does a good diet mean? A good diet is defined in a variety of ways depending on which study was just released, who is sharing information and a variety of other factors, but there are some consistent suggestions. These include;
Eat a diet that’s relatively low in fat.
When you do eat fat, make sure it’s a “good” fat that helps to decrease, rather than increase, cholesterol (good fats include those found in nuts, certain kinds of fish and olive oil).
Try to eat a diet that’s low on the glycemic index. This means you focus on foods that are slowly broken down by the body, not quickly, and provide a sustained release of energy as well. Things like oatmeal, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins are examples of low GI foods.
- Eat fish at least 2-4 times a week.
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, though some experts say 9 servings is much better.
3. Take care of your skin
- Exercising and eating a good diet will benefit your skin, but they also benefit your body. If you want to look young longer, you must take care of your skin. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive or difficult. Good skin care simply consists of the following:
- Use a good quality shave cream for your shaves.
- Cleanse your skin at least once a day or twice a day if you have oily skin. Men often forget to cleanse their skin the way women just naturally do. Giving your skin a good clean is an excellent way to remove impurities and keep your skin fresh and supple.
- Use a wrinkle cream when you need it. Wrinkle creams aren’t just for women. Men can benefit from a good cream’s ability to plump skin as well. In addition, the antioxidants that are found in a good quality cream are beneficial to helping your skin fend off the free radicals that seek to damage it.