Looking good takes quite a lot of effort especially if you’ve gone a long time without really taking care of yourself. A lot of us tend to focus so much on work and taking care of the family that we fail to notice the physical transformation that comes from packing on the stresses of day-to-day life and eating the wrong food. If you don’t take care of your body, you’re not going to like what you see in the mirror.
But the good news is, there are a number of things you can do today to look younger; but more importantly, to improve your health so you can feel better about yourself and have the energy to live boldly and freely. To get you started, we have assembled 5 secrets to look and feel 10 years younger. Read on to learn more.
#1. Maintain Your Weight
Being overweight is not only bad for your health, but it can also make the look and feel much older than you are. Energy levels are likely to be low, and your self-esteem can take a hit. In a world where physical appearance takes precedence over things like skills, personality, and experience, being overweight is likely to cause social anxiety and limit your ability to express yourself. If you think you need to get a handle on your weight, start with the basics:
- Eat whole meals: Make an effort to avoid bad food (this includes most packaged meals, sugary drinks, cakes, fries, white bread, pastries, ice cream, and candy bars).
- Get 8 hours of sleep every night: This will give your body time to fix what’s broken.
- Exercise: There’s no getting around this – you just have to burn some fat in order to look good. Though it takes time, effort, and discipline, the benefits are profound: lower stress levels, a boost in confidence, a better physique, better sex, etc.
#2. Take Care of Your Teeth
If you’re a little self-conscious about your teeth, it’s going to affect the way you interact with people. Get your teeth checked out as soon as possible and avoid food and drinks that are known to jeopardize dental health. If you drink coffee in large amounts over a period of time, your teeth will take on a darker shade; and that’s bad for your smile. Teeth whitening products are available in the dozens, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting a set of pearly whites in no-time.
#3. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Vegetables reduce the risk of disease including heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. They are also a great source of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly, and fresh veggies will increase your energy levels. The digestive system works better when we include green leaves and fruits in our diet, so make a point to serve vegetables with every meal.
Vegetables add taste and colour to your dishes, and you can find creative ways to include some greens in your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For example, sautéed spinach goes well with an open-face egg sandwich; a lemony rainbow chard combined with egg white frittata tastes awesome; and you can always tuck a bunch of leeks, roasted tomatoes, and asparagus into a quiche. Find more interesting vegetables recipes online to add nutrients and colour to your meals.
#4. Stay Hydrated
A deficit in healthy body water (through heat stress, exercise, dehydration, or sickness) can make you feel rotten. Headaches and fatigue are common effects of dehydration and on the extreme end, toxicity levels may increase and lead to disease and joint pain. The skin looks dry and aged when we don’t drink enough water; and because we need a good supply of fluids to transport nutrients that are essential to normal body functions, failing to hydrate can lead to serious health problems.
If you’re having trouble swallowing plain water, try adding flavour to your pitcher and use an app to track your water intake. It won’t take long before you get used to hydrating.
#5. Quit Smoking
Smoking has a devastating effect on the body. People who smoke infrequently are still exposed to a range of toxic chemicals that damage the skin, lungs, blood vessels, and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. Luckily the body can repair much of the damage caused by cigarette smoke, but it takes serious effort to quit completely. You may try weaning yourself off gradually by reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke per day, but ultimately, you need to stop smoking entirely.
These tips will help you get your best body back and look 10 years younger. But if you still don’t have time for all that, you could always go to your nearest medical spa and have them rejuvenate you as well.
Remember to stay consistent and eliminate anything in your diet that you know is not good for you. Good luck!