It is so often the case that while you feel young and vibrant psychologically, your body begins to experience the effects of aging. However, the good news is that there are strategies and smart ways to keep your body looking and functioning young. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Eat More Healthy Fats
For so long, there has been a war on fat! Indeed, for ages now the low-fat diet has been the mainstay of those within the wellness industry, as well as those looking to improve their health and physique.
The funny thing is that contemporary research shows that not all fats are bad. On the contrary, some have essential roles to play in both the look and the function of your body. For instance, healthy fats containing omega-3 fatty acids (ALA, EPA, DHA) are super important because they contain essential amino acid chains that the body cannot produce on its own. They promote eye, brain, heart, bone, and joint health. Omega 3s help in the prevention of cancer and fight inflammation, autoimmune conditions, ADHD, and asthma. Additionally, they improve your sleep, skin, as well as mental disorders. Omega 3s are found in fatty fish such as salmon and cod liver oil.
Fats containing medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are powerful as well, which is why many fall in love with coconut oil. Fats high in omega-9 or oleic acid (monounsaturated fat) are wonderful for you. they have. positive impact on blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, brain function, ulcerative colitis, infections, and skin health. Omega-9, also, helps fight cancer and promotes fat loss. These fats are found in avocados, olive oil, eggs, dairy products, beef, nuts, argan, grapeseed, and sesame oils.
This means that consuming these types of fats can provide you with a whole range of benefits from a healthy heart and brain, firmer, younger-looking skin, to bones strength, and can even help to keep inflammation in the body low. To that end, including healthy fats in your diet is essential if you want to keep your body looking and functioning young as long as possible.
Notice and Address Bodily Changes
You know the value of taking care of your heart health as you get older and how important it is to stay active. However, there are some parts of the body that many can easily forget to take proper care of including areas like your feet or ears.
Indeed, with such busy lives, an ingrown toenail or a small hearing loss may not seem important in the bigger scheme of our health. Yet, the truth of the matter is that our bodies are holistic systems, and a breakdown in the function of one part will not only impact that system but also have an effect on the way that we feel within ourselves as well.
With that in mind, doing everything we can to take care of every aspect of our health is vital. The good news is that many issues that could ultimately end up affecting our mobility such as foot problems can be resolved by visiting your local podiatrist.
Similarly, if you have noticed that you need your TV up higher, or that you can’t hear the instructor in your fitness class so well if you are at the back of the room, getting checked for hearing loss is the best approach. Hearing loss affects people of all ages and has different causes, which is something you can learn more about by clicking the link. After all, why suffer from such a condition when there is an easy solution to alleviate it?
Take Up Yoga
Another way to keep your body looking and functioning young is to take up yoga. This practice can keep you functioning youthfully due to the unique way that the exercises are designed. Indeed, unlike other activities where the focus is on how the muscles and limbs move, yoga can stretch, massage, and flush out toxins from the organs as well.
Of course, this is great news for anyone that wants to stay looking young and functioning effectively, as are the other benefits associated with these ancient practices which include better flexibility, good posture, an increase in energy, and an overall mood lift.
Improve Your Sleep
Lastly, if you want your body to function in the most effective way possible, thereby keeping you looking your best, you must raise your sleep game. This is because both too much and too little sleep can have significant negative effects on your health, and have been linked to an increased incidence of illnesses such as diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. At the same time, poor sleep can diminish your capacity to recover from stressors and accelerate aging.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make sure you get a decent night’s sleep, every night. The first of these is to get into a good routine, always going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time, no matter how you feel. Indeed, you can add to this by making sure you do the same things for the last hour of your day each night too, such as take a shower, read, and listen to a sleep meditation. All of which will train your brain to sleep at that time, thus ensuring you wake up feeling refreshed, looking your best, and set to function most effectively each day.
Chronological aging is inevitable but you don’t have to look run down or feel lethargic and sickly. Implementing some of the above tips and ways to keep your body looking and functioning young can help you to look your best and feel revitalized.
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor