Time flies – and there’s no going back to the time when you were young and fit enough to conquer the world. But you can conquer old age by developing some healthy habits now that will make the years sit easier on your shoulders.
1. Use Sunscreen. Appearance matters. You’re not going to feel great if you look like a wrinkled prune. The damage that exposure to the sun wreaks on our skin is well-researched and proven now. Studies even link cancer to sun-damage. A recent study showed that people who used sunscreen regularly were 24% less likely to show increased signs of ageing. The recommendation is to slather on sunscreen 20 minutes before you step out, and keep re-applying every few hours that you’re outdoors.
2. Keep Yourself Hydrated. There’s nothing like water to keep your skin from becoming wrinkled and dry. The American Cancer Society advises drinking at least 8 cups of water every day, because it flushes out toxins and carcinogens from your body.
3. Brush and Floss Daily. Looking after your teeth is one of the best investments you can make. Poor oral hygiene not only leads to rotten teeth but also many diseases affecting your organs. Along with brushing twice daily, it’s a good idea to spare a minute to floss everyday, to remove any food debris that the brush may have missed.
4. Don’t Miss Breakfast. Especially cereal. A Harvard study showed that older adults who had been having cereal fiber regularly for years had a lower risk of disease. The anti-inflammatory, protective characteristics of wholegrain cereals cut down chances of diabetes, cancer and heart problems.
5. Exercise Everyday. Even if it’s for a short time, regular exercise will keep your body fit and strong well into old age. A study found that jogging for 10-15 minutes a day, or a half-hour brisk walk every morning or evening, reduces the risk of heart disease by 58% and general mortality rate by 28%, so get those running shoes on!