The best time to start thinking about anti-aging methods is while you’re still young
However, realistically, most people are not going to start worrying about getting old until gray hairs and wrinkles start showing up.
It’s never too late to start implementing programs that will help to slow down the aging process and help you feel younger and stronger.
To a certain respect, we have no control over how quickly we will age – our genetic background will help determine this to one degree or another.
But, this doesn’t mean that we should sit back and wait to get old because grandpa was ancient at 60. Keeping both your body and mind active and healthy are the best anti-aging methods you can find, and there are a number of things anyone, at any age, can do to improve their quality of life and stay feeling young longer.
1. Overcoming stress is one way to prevent the aging process from accelerating
Stress is one of the curses of mankind, and today’s hectic, modern world piles stress on all of us.
Being stressed causes all sort of physical and mental problems, but making the effort can definitely pay off in helping to keep you young longer.
Meditation is an excellent and rewarding way to counter the effect of stress chemicals like adrenaline, and also increase blood flow to all parts of your body.
Practiced regularly, you will find that meditation removes all those self-defeating feelings that pile stress on us and impact our health, making us old before our time.
This involves not only becoming interested in a variety of things, but also trying to stay as optimistic as possible. A negative outlook will often lead to anxiety and depression, which will only drag you down physically and mentally. People who are depressed usually have weaker immune systems than those who are cheerful.
3. Getting a spouse or partner is another good way to keep Father Time at bay
While sex may play a part, there is also simply the companionship and friendship that will develop over the years. Having another person around also prevents loneliness. People who have someone with them tend to live longer than those who are alone.
4. Pets can fill in an emotional gap and simply having to care for another living creature is another way to beat the aging process
Remember, too, that dogs and cats and even pet birds are completely non-judgmental and take us as we are.
5. The value of laughter is usually overlooked as an anti-aging method
Watching a comedy film is a good way to open up your blood vessels and get more oxygen to all parts of the body, including the skin and brain. All your organ systems will become stronger and more likely to be able to resist aging longer when they get more ‘food’.
Laughter also strengthens the immune system, meaning that you will be more likely to resist diseases. Getting off some good laughs every day also keeps your memory strong and helps augment creativity.
6. Exercise and diet are also vitally important anti-aging methods
Watching what you eat, both the quantity and quality, will not only keep your weight in line, but will also keep your bones stronger. Exercise will keep your muscles from atrophying, and prevent a loss of your sense of balance – a large contributor in falls in the elderly.
While it’s very true that at this point there is no magic pill or treatment that will provide an infallible anti-aging method, there are still plenty of things you can do to fight the decline associated with getting older. Your genes are only responsible for about 30% of your aging process, so you can see that there’s plenty of opportunity for you to help yourself.
Source: Operation Meditation;