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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 Goldman has bachelor's and master's degrees in health and physical education. An AFAA-certified personal trainer and certified wellness coach, she is also the founder EnerG Coaching, LLC. Through one-on-one and group sessions, Ellen helps individuals make positive lifestyle changes, lose weight, manage stress and attain work-life balance. Visit her at www.EnerGcoaching.com.

Member Comments

  • 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
  • Good article - thanks. - 12/30/2012 6:24:13 AM
  • BITHOO and NICOLEELIZANETH have excellent points.

    While I don't doubt that healthy elders in excellent physical condition can be afflicted with unpredicted health obstacles/disease
    s, I *do* think that part of the point of treating yourself *well* with the exercise and quality foods (if you can get them, and have the education to be aware of what your healthy choices are), is to be able to enjoy what is your life with as little pain as possible. - 12/29/2012 6:59:10 PM
  • i agree somewhat with Bithoo. I am a registered nurse and evaluate medical problems that include the effects of aging on the body in a scientific manner. However, I also know that some of the ideas in this article can retard -slow down the aging process.

    As we age and get into our 50,s 60's, 70' and older, certain uncontrollable things occur within the body on the inside and the outside.

    1. We lose more muscle and maintain more fat so weight trainning helps slow this process. Hopwever, if you have Osteoporosis( brittle bones) weight trainning could triggor a fracture. Perhaps walking for an hour would be better.

    2. As for the face this is what happens no matter what you eat; don't despair because there are surgical and non-surgical options to help restore a youthful look.
    A. The fat under the eyes starts to travel downward creating naso-labial folds( deep creases on either side of the nose)
    B. The upper eyelids start to droop because the skin is less elastic. The lower eyelids can develop under eye bags for the same reason. Make-up applied correctly can create an illusion to counter this effect. Apply a light concealer or make-up in the depressed areas and a darker make-up on the pouch( raised areas). The effect will be to raise the depressed circle under the eye and depress the puff. However, eyelid surgery can be done on an out patient basis:it is painless and takes about two weeks to heal, meaning that the bruised areas go away in that period of time. Otherwise the stitches are removed in about 5 days and you will look 10 years younger. The cost for this procedure is about $2000.

    C. Wrinkles appear on the forehead, sides of the eyes and upper cheeks. The chin may develop little pin holes. This can be treated with Botox and creams that have Retin A
    in therapeutic quantity like Atralin, Tazorak and the like. Applied to the wrinkled areas they halp Collagen grow. Collagen is the substance that is the framework that hold the face together. It is the lack of Collagen that produces many of the signs of agi... - 12/29/2012 10:28:06 AM
  • Good reminder article but as a person who has many family members affected with various cancers at this point--young and older-I think it would be more accurate to say Some diseases are a result of how we neglected....as a nurse even hypertenison has a genetic component that an individual can do all the right things and still have the'disease' - 12/29/2012 9:43:12 AM
  • LOUISE3518
    Great reminder of such easy ways to live life. REALLY LIVE IT. So much to enjoy and how easy it is to forget all the ways to reallyl live and enjoy. Thank you for this excellent article. It is a great reminder for me..... and getting started one step at a time. Walking is a great way... and I'm heading in that directrion. Again thank you - 12/29/2012 9:05:24 AM
  • I think the author's article is well meaning; however, she also forgot to omit that there is also genetics involved. Thus, I agree with the comment earlier stated by one of the readers, bithoo. Unfortunately, good health doesn't prevent cancer nor neurological diseases from occurring. This is inevitable, and it's written in our genetic code.

    However, I will say that for someone to have died of breast cancer at the age of 75 is pretty darn strong (physically and emotionally). Had she not lived a healthy lifestyle, she probably would have passed away sooner. So, controlling what we consume and how we live does make a difference.


    - 12/29/2012 4:16:02 AM
  • Sometimes I tread water for an hour and sometimes I swim crawl non stop for an hour... the endorphins and feel good is more so with the crawl although maybe 10 minutes more of treading water and the calories burned would be equal - 12/3/2012 6:53:11 PM