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10 Natural Ways to Defy Your Age

Skip the Gimmicks to Look and Feel Younger Than Ever

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Have you noticed that every magazine you pick up lately has advertisements for the many ways we can look younger than our chronological years?  There are ads for injections and creams to remove our wrinkles, surgery to zap away our fat, and hair dyes to cover every bit of gray.  It’s as if aging is something to be ashamed of; something we should hide—and fight—every step of the way.

But aging is inevitable!  The alternative isn’t one I would like to choose.  We should be proud of the years we accumulate. They are accompanied by wisdom, experience, and greater insight.  Growing old, I'm on board with.  But looking old? I'm not so hot on that idea yet. 

Although anti-aging cosmetics and procedures may have a place in your overall routine, there are plenty of natural ways to slow the aging process.  We shouldn’t forget that the true key to looking younger is feeling younger.  There is nothing that ages an individual more quickly than illness, pain and stiffness, or chronic stress. Therefore, much of what we do to take care of ourselves on a daily basis will also help us keep a youthful appearance.

Here is a rundown of the many things you can do that won’t cost (or hurt) too much, but will make you feel vibrant and strong.  Let’s be proactive in our approach to aging and grow into our later years gracefully and beautifully!

Adjust Your Mindset: YOU Control How You Will Age
Research has found that the most serious aging occurs at the cellular level.  Many of our lifestyle habits such as exercise, nutrition, stress management and sleep will enhance the body’s ability to repair the cellular damage that is inevitable as we get older.  

Traditional medicine focuses on treating illness to prolong life. But many healthcare professionals want to shift that focus to preventing disease in the first place.  We want to not only add years to our life, but life to our years. 

Disease occurs when we fail to keep our bodies and minds active; it is not an unavoidable result of getting older. Arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and even dementia often occur because of the accumulation of unhealthy lifestyle habits rather than as a result of years ticking by.

Much of what you decide to do on a daily basis will not only prolong the length of your life, but the quality of those years as well. 
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Ellen Goldman Ellen Goldman
Ellen founded EnerG Coaching, LLC to help individuals struggling with health issues that can be impacted by positive lifestyle change, such as weight loss, stress management, exercise, and life/work balance. As a professional wellness coach and certified personal trainer, Ellen holds a BS and Masters in Physical Education and is certified by ACSM, AFAA, and Wellcoaches Corporation. Visit her at www.EnerGcoaching.com. Get her complimentary report, 52 Tips, Tools & Tricks to Permanent Weight Loss Without Going on a Diet, at www.endtheweightlossbattle.com.

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  • MAMAKITTEH1
    Thanks for posting the great suggestions! I've been doing a program of facial toning exercise (acupressure and massage) that's been a tremendous help in keeping my skin looking younger and I'm no "Spring Chicken"! Not only have I seen some pretty amazing improvements in my face and neck...it's relaxing, great for reducing stress and there are tons of other health benefits, too. Considering how well it works, I'm surprised more people don't suggest it but I highly recommend investigating in more detail for anyone who's looking for a great anti-aging "hack" that really works. This is the program I've been using:
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    - 8/15/2015 7:35:35 AM
  • I agreed with most the ideas and recommendations in this article. A final thought from the Bible. Grey hair should be considered a badge of honor. If you lived so long to get grey then you must have some wisdom. I wouldn't trade my age now for my misspent youth for any amount of money. I only wished I had kept up with the fitness and eating better. - 5/4/2015 7:52:23 AM
  • I find this article highly offensive and insulting to those who have arthritis or other diseases. The article quite clearly implies -- in fact, near blatantly states -- that if you had made better lifestyle choices and had better habits, you would not have "x" disease. - 1/22/2015 12:12:26 PM
  • TIFFANYJEWELZ
    Dear Ellen or Helen Goldman. You give some VERY BAD ADVICE. On page 1 you act like if you don't eat healthy and exercise that you going to grow old fast. And that's just NOT TRUE. #1 component on how you age is your genetics.
    And arthritis, my dear, you are SO wrong about arthritis. I was in my prime @ 39 and was hit with an auto-immune form of inflammatory arthritis. It had NOTHING to with what I ate, I was exercising all the time and was the healthiest I'd ever been. Gout, of course, is another story, it IS related to food.
    My mother had dementia, it was not caused by what she ate, she ate well her entire life. Was always fit and stayed the same size her entire life. Nor was it "brain exercise" related. It was from lack of Oxygen during an atrial fib episode. But we didn't know that until autopsy (what kind of dementia) and no one ever does until autopsy.
    No Doctor knows what causes auto-immune diseases, dementia's, cancers. But the most recent studies on cancer show it's genetics and bad luck. And you can probably say it's the same for most other diseases too. Except those truly linked to smoking or obesity.
    But you shouldn't publish LIES to try and make your point(s). There's tons of stuff to write about this time of year - pick one. - 1/5/2015 1:00:37 AM
  • EMARIOS
    Good advice for health.Our skin and eyes should be protected from sun, as protection of eyes from sun is necessary,so we should wear sunglasses in the sun.I usually wear sunglasses when I out in sun,as I have made sunglasses collection from http://www.citysu
    nglass.com/,they provide good quality of sunglasses. - 11/14/2014 11:47:47 PM
  • Good advice.
    This article hit all the right notes.
    I must be doing the right thing for so far aging well.
    I don't ware lots of makeup. wash with ivory soap. Always put lotion on,
    Use sun screen.
    drink lots of water.
    No smoke, drink.
    Sleep and rest.
    It also helps to have some fantastic genes.
    My Mom is almost 90 and looks 20 years younger.
    Gram lived to 96, when she passed people said how sad she went so early. no one realized she was 96.
    The most important thing for me is to be healthy. I don't mind aging, just keep my mind and health.
    Spark on.
    Tisha
    - 11/4/2014 7:03:38 PM
  • Now this is a motivating article! I am aging gracefully so far, and I want to keep it that way into my old age. I'm doing many good things, but there is room for improvement. I have a nice, soft complexion, I don't use make up or cover it up and I want to keep it in good condition. When I lose my motivation to exercise and eat right, this will be it! I'll try harder at clean eating too. Sometimes convenience wins out though.

    Thank you! - 11/4/2014 7:12:58 AM
  • Run like you never ran before. Get the ticker going at a sustained rate with a long and slow run. Of course, you must work up to it starting with a walk-run, then a full out run after a week or two depending on your fitness level. Watch the weight drop - with a good diet, of course - and the energy level rise. Set a race goal. Remember, you are not out to win anything but to reach a goal for time and distance. After awhile with the breeze in your face, enjoyment will raise your mental health, too. - 1/30/2014 1:10:01 PM
  • Back again . . . I'm having difficulty understanding what you mean to say in this phrase: "Real food tend is more beneficial to your body and skin than supplements are" (on page 1 in the spark people article). - 12/9/2013 4:28:11 PM
  • Good article, thank you. - 9/15/2013 7:46:24 PM
  • SHARSS
    Good article, but can't say I haven't learned anything from it as I already knew the info. But for those who don't, it's good advice.

    I would only add don't dump your supplements. Although I've recently started whole food vities, I still continue the anti-oxidant vites A, C, E. Hey, doesn't hurt. One vitie maker puts them all in an Anti-oxidant vities supplement.

    I'm 71 and look years younger. When folks ask me how, I answer: Vitamines and Exercise. - 7/27/2013 7:30:21 PM
  • Great article. On your next version, I hope you discuss how all those bad habits affect the brain, starting at an early age, but NOW is the time to fix it, to exercise, to eat fruits and vegetables, etc. in order to have a healthy brain as we age. - 6/21/2013 5:06:49 PM
  • ONUTHIN125
    Great article. Very true info. My mom is 76 and she looks and acts like she is in her 50's. She has a young mindset. She dresses tastefully and even though she is retired, she gets out daily and associates with people. I am trying to learn for her! Spark On! - 6/7/2013 3:18:21 PM
  • Great article. - 5/19/2013 6:20:15 PM
  • BAMAJAM
    Thank you, Ellen Goldman--- for this very comprehensive list that can enhance our lives. We all have genetic traits, but all of these suggestions can be of great benefit. I am pleased to see the emphasis on oral health, smile care, mentioned here. Diseased gums, rotten teeth, poor hygiene of the mouth ---hurt appearance and hurt overall health. So many patients can avoid losing their teeth by properly caring for them at an early age. - 1/2/2013 4:18:21 PM

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