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8 Healthy Habits That Make You Radiant

How to Achieve a More Youthful Appearance, Naturally

-- By Natalie Nichols, Health & Beauty Writer
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Get Some Sleep
Feel like you don’t have time for sleep? Just like you make time for fitness, incorporating enough time for sleep into your busy schedule is just as important to your health and beauty routine, if not more. Inadequate Z’s can wreak havoc on your immune system, contribute to high blood pressure and result in the inability to lose more weight--or even maintain the weight you’ve worked so hard to lose! Also, “beauty sleep” is not just a funny saying or myth. While you’re comfy, cozy and dreaming, sleep researchers say that your body repairs and heals itself. So, get your eight hours in each night to avoid puffiness around your eyes, a washed-out or blotchy complexion and more.
 
Whistle While You Work

Okay, so if you’re one of those people who can’t whistle, no worries. Just make sure you go through your workday showing off those pearly whites in order to look younger and have more energy! If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, whatever you do, don’t let that negative energy follow you to the office. Work on keeping your attitude positive in order to feel less stressed, look less tired and be the exuberant person that your coworkers simply want to be around. Plus, when you think happy thoughts, your productivity soars which means you could get that coveted promotion sooner than you probably think!

 
Practice Perfect Posture
Remember when mom or grandma said, “Sit up straight!”? Well, these women weren’t just nagging you, they had a good point! Over time, your spine gradually reshapes to a different position based on how you sit. So, slouchers, heed this advice! In order to give yourself a more youthful appearance and a healthier spine, practicing good posture is a must. If you make a conscious effort to sit correctly every day, you could look quite a few years younger. It can even help you appear a few pounds lighter without additional exercise! Practicing perfect posture will result in a more confident appearance and can even help ease muscle pain and back problems.
 
To start practicing your posture and looking younger right now, begin performing periodic “posture checks” if you sit at a desk or table most of the day. Not sure how to sit? Here’s how:
 
While sitting, your head and eyes should look straight ahead with your neck aligned over your body. You shouldn't allow your head or chin to jut forward. Keep your knees slightly parallel or just a touch higher than your hips. Your back should remain straight while your buttocks touch the back of your chair. Feet should always be flat on the floor with your weight distributed evenly. The Cleveland Clinic recommends sitting in the same position no more than 30 minutes at a time. So, when 30 minutes is up, stand and stretch then go back to practicing!
 
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Natalie Nichols Natalie Nichols
Natalie lost nearly 30 pounds the SparkPeople way before becoming a health and beauty contributor to the site. A self-proclaimed "girly girl," Natalie couldn't bear to break a sweat when she was younger, but now can't imagine living a life without exercise. In her spare time she practices yoga, enjoys cooking and stays involved in her community. Leading by example, she hopes to inspire others to live healthier and happier lifestyles, too.

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Member Comments

  • Oh, excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT points. Thanks so much for putting all the ducks in a row! I am sixty, have always consciously practiced each of these directives thanks to the teachings of my wonderfully wise mother and her mother and her - well, you get my point :) People are always shocked when I tell them my age, guessing me at early 40's at the outside. Yes, I am very pleased lol. The best advice is the simple stuff, so keep preaching it, girl! - 8/12/2013 10:59:24 PM
  • KB42ANDFIT
    Would you write this article with the lede in male pronouns? If not, don't write it for women either. Why shouldn't I celebrate my achievements of having lived 40+ years successfully and happily? - 8/12/2013 10:33:56 AM