Our society has been gripped by Ponce de Leon syndrome – the delusion that the hands of time can be stayed by a potion (anti-aging cream), procedure (facelift), purchase (red convertible Mustang), or a young lover.
Nearly every image we see of models and actors has been run through Photoshop, or its equivalent.
Plastic surgery is a multi-billion dollar business that feeds a pervasive lie about the nature of human appearance.
Everyone knows someone who must be lying about their age.
After all, how can they look like that and have all that energy if they were as old as you?
After about 35 or 40, I’d say “the real you” starts to show, and it will typically go one way or the other.
Some will almost hit the pause button, and they’ll look that age (or even younger) for decades, while in other cases, some start to look like someone pushed a fast-forward button.
And while some of it might be genetic, a lot of it is lifestyle.
For me, that person is my mom.
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When she was in her 40s, people thought she was 30. Same when she was in her 50s.
In her 60s, people thought she was in her 40s. And now, she just celebrated her 70th birthday, and she still looks like a woman who’s 60.
Her sister, on the other hand, is quite a different story.
And that’s where lifestyle comes into play. Research has indicated that with siblings, for example, lifestyle outweighs genetics when it comes to health.
Even my mom’s younger sister looks remarkably older—and had substantially worse health—than my mother.
Part of the reason for this is that my mom developed and stuck to a routine that promoted anti-aging, even if she didn’t think about it at the time.
She made a point of waking up early to engage in physical activity.
She ate plenty of fruits and vegetables, remained socially active, and committed to regular exercise.
All of this stuff added up to a younger appearance and more physical capabilities.
While some of her sisters might find it tiring to get off the sofa, she’s out on the roof wiping leaves, mowing the lawn, gardening, and lifting heavy stones.
So, what can you do to slow down the aging process to improve your health and natural glow?
Here are a few ideas:
- Commit to a physical activity such as snowshoeing, hiking, dancing, tennis, or golf, and do it a couple of times per week
- Build a consistent sleep schedule with a set bed and wake time
- Enjoy yourself—and occasionally indulge
- Lift weights a couple of times per week
- Stay active with friends and social groups
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Limit processed foods that promote inflammation
The sooner you get involved with a healthy lifestyle, the more it will help stave off aging. It’s never too late to reap the rewards of doing your body good.
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