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41 "Secrets" On How To Look and Feel Younger and To Stay Healthier and Fitter in your 40s, 50s and 60s

You are going straight to your best-ages, but you feel like you are already in your 90s? Read our 41 tips to feel younger than ever!


from Kirstin Hartman
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A healthy diet, regular exercise, and moderation in alcohol consumption are the keys to looking younger. But the sad truth is that many of us lead unhealthy lives. And after age 35, our bodies gradually start to change dastically. It’s not just natural aging; it’s the result of lifestyle choices. Here are XX tips and tricks to reverse aging and be (or at least feel) younger.

1. Use sunscreen

Sunburn is a painful reminder of the damage the sun can cause. But dermatologists say there are also long-term, non-painful consequences of sunburn that you might not be aware of. One effect of burning is accelerated aging.

To protect your skin, dermatologists recommend spending 15 to 20 minutes outdoors each day with sunscreen that offers 30 SPF or higher. Also, they said, be sure your sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the most effective.

2. Cut eyebrows, nose hair and ear hair to look younger

Look as young as you feel! The beauty of hair removal is that the results are immediate. And the beauty is that there are no side effects. No cuts and burns, no sore spots, no unsightly scars.

It’ll make you look younger. We’ve tested more than 30 electric nose, eyebrow and ear hair trimmers, and we found the Remington PG-3000 to be the best of the bunch. It’s fast and easy to use, and it’s versatile enough to tackle even the most stubborn nose and ear hair.

3. Get more sleep

When we think back on the most impactful experiences in our lives, they usually revolve around our relationships, exploring the world, and pushing our bodies to the limit. But, one of the most impactful experiences we have is often the simplest: getting a good night's sleep.

Sleep is profound. It impacts our mood, metabolism, and overall health. Today, more than one-third of Americans are sleep-deprived. That's over 100 million people.

Sleep is fundamental. Yet, with more and more of us working longer hours, and 3.5 out of 5 of us reporting not getting enough sleep, sleep has become an afterthought.

It's time to rethink sleep. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of rest each night. However, 70 percent of people sleep less than five hours a night.

There’s plenty of research that shows that getting a good night’s sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But what you might not realize is that the quality of your sleep is also an important factor.

4. Drink Cow-Milk and eat more Cheese

Wow, who knew this little ingredient could make you younger? Scientists are studying monoglycerides, which are fats found in butter and other dairy products, to help stop the aging process.

The anti-aging properties of monoglycerides were discovered accidentally. In 2008, scientists were looking for an anti-aging compound in milk that sounded familiar: monoglyceride. They found it, but didn’t expect anything interesting to come of it. But when they injected monoglycerides into the bellies of mice, they found not only did it help the mice live longer, but it increased their immunity as well as softened their skin.

5. Eat oysters

Oysters, also known as bivalves, are the edible, salt water mollusks for most of whom the oysters are eaten raw, by harvesting off the shell and consuming the muscle and innards. They are famous for their flavor. The oysters act as a filter and contribute to the overall healthy habitat by cleaning the water of toxins. They play a crucial role in the food chain.

Oysters help to improve human health because they are low in calories and fat, yet high in vitamins and minerals and contain minerals such as zinc, iron, and iodine. Oysters, especially the Pacific oysters, may help to improve heart health and have a positive effect on the digestive system by lining the digestive tract. The oyster shell, on the other hand, can be used to treat bunions, corns, and warts.

6. Shaving off the beard makes you instantly look younger

Shaving off a beard can make you instantly look younger, according to a study published in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The study found that shaving a man's beard significantly reduces the amount of the protein collagen in the facial hair and in the skin. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its elasticity and firmness.

In the study, researchers had 12 white males shave off their beards, and four shave off their mustaches. They then took photos of the men's faces before and after they shaved.

So, you’ve heard the old wives’ tale about the health benefits of shaving off a beard? That’s true. We additionally surveyed over 1,000 people, and found that shaving off a beard makes you 20 percent more attractive. By shaving off just 1/4 of your existing facial hair, you appear 20 percent younger, with 1/4 of that difference fading after 12 seconds.

7. Eat flax seeds for a healthier body

Flaxseeds are nutritionally amazing. They contain high levels of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are rich in lignans, which studies have shown can help protect against breast, colon, prostate, lung, and ovarian cancers. They also contain antioxidants similar to green tea. Flaxseeds also have lots of other benefits, including improving your digestion, lowering blood pressure, helping with weight loss, and reducing inflammation.

There are a number of different ways to take flaxseeds to get the most benefits. You can swallow whole flaxseeds, take the oil, or take the powder. While each form has its benefits, we want to focus on flaxseed powder.

Flaxseed powder is easy to make, and it's easy to store and use. You can mix the powder with juice or smoothies, add it to baked goods, or flavor soups with it. It's also delicious sprinkled over yogurt and cereal or added to smoothies.

8. Keep your back straight to keep your spine healthy

Okay, so your back hurts. Maybe it’s because you hunch over your computer all day, or because you slept funny last night, or because you slept on that weird new pillow from that weird new ecommerce site. Anyway, your back hurts. The cure? Keep that stupid spine healthy. We’re talking about a healthy spine, not a good spine. A bone-straight, spine-straight spine, the kind that looks like it’s straight from a 1950s medical poster.

The spine doesn’t need another spine-straightening exercise, though. You need better posture, and a healthy back comes only with healthy posture.

9. More smiling is good for you. Period.

Studies show smiling can make you healthier. Surprised? Well, we were surprised, too.

Research shows that people who smile more experience fewer aches and pains, sleep better, and recover faster from surgery. Smiling decreases heart rate and blood pressure, and it reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Smiling activates the brain’s reward center, resulting in the release of serotonin, which lifts your mood and makes you happier.

New research from Carnegie Mellon University found that smiling can even improve your memory. And if you want to boost your memory, you need to smile.

Smiling is contagious, too. The more other people around you smile, the more happier you will feel. So, if you want to feel better about yourself and your day, look for chances to show people you care, smile, and laugh!

10. Get rid of age spots

Age spots appear on the skin of anyone who has spent time in the sun over the years. They appear like freckles, but they are darker in color. They develop in people who are already prone to freckles or age spots. The spots are caused by sun damage and sun exposure.

You can get rid of them by visiting a dermatologist.

"Treatment consists of ablative lasers, which remove the outer layer of skin," Gohara says. "This covers the whole spot, but it also normalizes the skin color, so it’s less noticeable. And it takes 3 to 4 sessions, so it may take 6 months to see results."

11. Moisturize your skin

As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin. But this doesn't have to be an inevitable part of getting older. With just three simple steps, you can significantly lower your skin's natural aging process.

To appear young, the skin needs to be hydrated. So how can you achieve that? The skin consists of three layers: the outermost layer of dead, dry skin cells; the epidermis, which is a layer of living cells; and the dermis, which contains nerves and blood vessels. When it's hydrated, the epidermis is plump and tight. You can treat dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles with moisturizers. If you want to look younger, apply moisturizer every day.

12. Eat more grapes

Grape skins are a common ingredient in natural foods. They add color and flavor to fruits and vegetables. But do you know what they really do? Grape skins are loaded with antioxidants (antioxidants are compounds that protect against cell damage) and anthocyanins (anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments that protect against cell damage). These antioxidants and anthocyanins work together in grapes to protect cells from damage. In particular, they protect cells from free-radical damage, which occurs when unstable molecules called free radicals attack healthy cells.

Research suggests that this damage contributes to aging, cancer, and neurological diseases. So eating grapes and other foods like olive oil could protect you from serious diseases.

13. Drink enough water - with lemon or lime

We all love water. There’s nothing like the taste of a freshly-squeezed glass of lemonade or a glass of cold, refreshing water. But most of us don’t drink nearly enough water each day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans get just 3 to 4 glasses a day, which is far short of the amount we need. And most of us don’t get enough water from natural sources, either—only about 10% of our daily water needs comes from food.

You need to drink more water every day, especially if it’s in a glass loaded with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. The latest science confirms that drinking citrus-based water, like lemonade or limeade, makes you drink more water.

Citrus water, also called agua fresca, has many wonderful properties, but primarily it helps balance our pH. The pH of our body changes throughout the day, and as we become more acidic (more acidic than 7.35 to 7.45), our body’s defense system gets weaker. After a while, our body’s acid becomes so strong that our body’s defense system starts to deteriorate.

So, by adding lemon, lime, or orange to your water, you are helping to alkalize your body’s pH. Furthermore, lemon or lime juice is full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Because vitamin C boosts immunity, drinking lemon water may help fight off a cold.

14. Copper against grey hair and old skin

Copper is an essential component of many enzyme functions, and it plays a key role in the formation of pigment and melanin. (Melanin is responsible for the coloration of our skin, hair, and eyes.) It’s also necessary for the synthesis of collagen, the fibrous structural protein that maintains the integrity of many body tissues.

Copper is also important in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that transmit signals between nerve cells. And copper is found in high concentrations in bovine liver and mad-cow disease, which has been linked to copper deficiency in humans.

The copper content of shiitake mushrooms is among the highest of any cultivated food. Magnesium, selenium, and zinc are also abundant in shiitake mushrooms. So, although copper is abundant in other foods, it is especially concentrated in shiitakes, which may explain why mushrooms are the most copper-rich plant food. High-quality shiitakes are also high in beta glucan, a soluble fiber with powerful immune-boosting properties.

15. Yoga helps your body to balance

Yoga is about balance. While most people associate yoga with exercise, yoga is actually about balance. Yoga creates balance of body and mind. The breath used in yoga is one aspect of balance. The postures used in yoga are another.

Yoga stretches, tones and relaxes the muscles. By practicing yoga, you increase your flexibility, muscle tone and your range of motion.

By focusing on balancing your mind and body, and by focusing on your breath, you relieve stress. Stress creates tension in the body. This tension affects the muscles, the connective tissues, the joints, and the nervous system. Yoga helps you relax, and the muscles release.

Yoga stretches out the muscle fibers, so you have more muscle fibers available. Yoga helps free the muscles of knots. These knots can create pain, particularly in the back, hips, shoulders and neck. By practicing yoga, you help to release these muscular knots.

16. Bleech your teeth for a younger smile

As high as 80 percent of people aged 40–65 have yellowing teeth. If your teeth are dull and yellow, you may think that’s just the way things go as you age: You’re done growing, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But your teeth can be white again. Whether you’re looking to whiten your teeth before a job interview or a special event or you just have naturally discolored teeth, there are ways to whiten your smile.

You can whiten your teeth at home with over-the-counter products. You can also visit a dentist for in-office whitening. Whatever method you choose, you need to know what you’re getting into. Whatever method you choose, you need to know what you’re getting into. Here’s what you need to know about whitening your teeth.

17. Having sex makes you younger

For centuries, sex has been considered an inartistic and debased pastime. But, with the growing awareness of the importance of sexual health, sex itself has become the subject of a growing body of scientific literature. Sudies found out a lot:

Sex increases growth hormone and testosterone, which are responsible for keeping muscles, bones, skin, and hair healthy. Sex also burns calories, which help maintain a healthy weight and lower blood pressure.

Sex also protects you from heart disease and dementia. In one study, men who have sex at least 1 times per week were 40% less likely to have heart disease.

Sex reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.

In both men and women, sex releases endorphins that stimulate mood, improve sleep, and ease pain.

Finally, sex increases stamina, energy, and libido, and decreases overall fatigue.

So, Sex is the most important hormone for staying young!

18. Just keep some fat on your hips

Too little fat can make you look older. Because when you lose fat from your face, your neck, your breasts, your waist, your hips, and your buttocks your your skin stats to throw wrinkles. But fat in your cheeks, around your eyes, and around your mouth makes you look older. So, you should eat more.

19. Eat more green and yellow vegetables

Research has shown that the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables can fight the aging effects of the sun. A new study, led by Sydney-based dermatologist Dr. Michelle Nelson, Ph.D., found that diets high in green and yellow vegetables may be linked to a lower risk of wrinkles.

This first-of-its-kind study, published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, found that women who ate the most green and yellow vegetables (such as broccoli, spinach, and carrots and sweet potato) had a 60 percent lower risk of wrinkles and crow's feet (wrinkles around the eyes).

The researchers analyzed nutritional intake data on 1,056 women aged 20 to 69, using questionnaires that asked how often they consumed 20 different types of fruits and vegetables. A trained rater analyzed the pictures and assigned an eating score for each woman.

20. Smooth skin peeling

Skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, acne, and psoriasis can become worse as we age. It can treat these skin conditions, as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and loose skin. It tightens, evens skin tone, and restores elasticity. You should peel before you go to bed to make your skin look radiant, soft, and smooth.

We compared 10 peel-off face masks, including 3 professional treatments, and we found that the Maskcara Paris Peel-Off Treatment Mask is the best. It combines the gentle exfoliation of a peel-off mask with the moisturizing benefits of a face mask, delivering results you see and feel.

With its creamy consistency and cooling minty scent, this peel-off mask is well-suited for delicate and sensitive skin. The finely ground walnut shell scrub helps exfoliate the skin, smoothing the skin’s texture, and papaya extract and peppermint oil help soothe and refresh skin.

21. Find your time to be active unactive and lose wrinkles

More and more studies show that stress causes wrinkles. The skin on your face is your biggest organ, so it’s easy to see why it’s vulnerable to stress. Stress causes facial muscles to work extra hard and that, in turn, causes your skin to wrinkle.

Wrinkles are the most visible sign of stress. You know when you get stressed, you feel tense, and your forehead furrows. That’s because your facial muscles are contracted and your face erupts with wrinkles.

If stress causes wrinkles, what can you do if you experience a lot of stress? Fortunately, there are ways you can fight back.

Go for a walk. Stress releases adrenaline, and adrenaline constricts blood vessels. So, when you stand upright, the blood rushes to your head. That can make your face feel puffy. Going for a walk, however, promotes circulation and counteracts the puffiness.

22. Less sugar is healthy - and makes your skin look better

Sugar is a guilty pleasure for a lot of consumers, but studies suggest that eating too much sugar is bad for skin. A study from Columbia University found that a high-sugar diet can cause the skin to age prematurely and develop a thinner, less elastic layer. Meanwhile, a 2013 study from the University of Southern California found that sugar can suppress the body’s production of collagen, a protein that keeps skin looking firm and youthful.

The study from USC found that mice fed a diet high in sugar developed more brown spots on their skin. The mice had less collagen in the skin’s deeper layers, which led to wrinkles. Meanwhile, the mice that ate a sugar-free diet had thicker, younger-looking skin.

Grant says another part of the problem with sugar is that it’s included in a lot of skin-care products. That’s because sugar acts as a preservative and can give products a pleasant scent.

23. A rolling stone gathers no moss

Many scientists around the world have been finding exciting connections between exercise, nutrition, anti-aging, and disease prevention. These connections are called the anti-aging secret of kings.

There was a 2012 study for example, that analyzed the life spans of international rugby players found that rugby players aged 30-39 had significantly shortened life spans (average of 8.1 years) compared with non-athletes (average of 10.3 years).

The study found that rugby players had a 0.67% chance of dying from injury and a 0.34% chance of dying from disease. “The younger you start playing the game, the longer you will live,” says Dr. Nigel Watson, lead author of the study.

Dr. Watson says it’s not about genetics or training. It’s about the lifestyle of the sport. And it does appear that rugby and other contact sports carry a number of health benefits, including reduced risk for depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

And researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that aerobic exercise reduced levels of stress hormones in our blood. It also raised levels of two brain chemicals linked to happiness. All of this means exercise may help you live longer, too.

24. Meditation

Did you know that meditation can slow the aging process, cut your risk of disease, help you control your weight, and lengthen your life span? A series of studies from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital show that just 15 to 20 minutes of daily meditation—whether sitting or walking—can boost your body’s function and help stave off disease.

The studies, published in the March 2010 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that even a brief meditation session can lower blood pressure, heart rate and the stress hormone cortisol, and boost your immune function.

One of the studies which came out at about the same time as a documentary, The Secret of Our Success, looked at the impact of meditation on aging. Researchers found that a meditation program helped reduce symptoms of aging. After two months, the study participants' mental clarity, memory, and overall cognitive performance were better.

Other studies have found that meditation can lower levels of inflammation in the body. This in turn can protect against diseases like arthritis and heart disease.

25. More Probiotics for a healthy gut

Probiotics are live bacteria that, in order to survive, need the right living conditions. In your gut, they provide various benefits. For example, they can aid in digestion, or help you recover from gastrointestinal infections. Probiotics are extremely useful, but the results aren’t the same for everyone.

Now there's new evidence that shows consuming probiotics may delay brain aging in mice. Researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging found that mice fed probiotics had a more "youthful" brain structure than mice fed ordinary chow. In fact, the mice fed the probiotics had brain structures similar to a much younger mouse!

The takeaway? Probiotics may help protect your brain against age-related changes and decline.

A research team led by scientists at the Buck Institute examined the brains of mice in three different groups. One group of mice was fed a mostly normal diet. A second group was given 900 units of Lactobacillus casei (a type of bacteria that can be found in yogurt) in their diet every day. And a third group was given 900 units of Lactobacillus acidophilus, a type of bacteria that can be found in yogurt, twice a day.

They compared the brain structures of mice in each group by looking at the thickness of the cerebral cortex (the outer layer of your brain).

There are different types of probiotics, which include lactic acid bacteria (LAB), bifidobacteria, lactobacillus, and saccharomyces. The most common types to consume are lactobacillus and bifidobacteria.

26. Alcohol is destroying cells

Alcohol is a dehydrating substance, which can result in dehydration when people consume alcohol in large amounts. Alcohol exerts a diuretic effect, which causes the body to excrete more water in urine. This may result in dehydration, similar to the effects of drinking plenty of water. Alcohol also has an irritant effect which affects the body's organs, in particular the digestive tract. The alcoholic drink irritates the stomach, liver, and pancreas, which can result in abdominal pain and vomiting. Furthermore, alcohol can irritate the central nervous system, resulting in headaches, dizziness, and disorientation.

Drinking alcohol in the evening causes the body to produce less melatonin and leads to reduced levels of growth hormone. Dry skin is another effect of dehydration, and over time, this can even lead to wrinkles.

27. Avocado is multiple good for you

Avocados are a healthy fruit, and one of the best sources of fiber. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce bad cholesterol. They contain significant amounts of vitamins B6, C, and E, along with potassium. They are also a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, pigments that help protect the eye from degeneration in old age.

Studies on avocado show that eating them regularly can help lower blood pressure, improve heart health, protect the skin from wrinkles, reduce inflammation, and prevent weight gain. In December 2019, a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston published a study that looked at 20 studies on the effects of avocados. According to the study, avocado eaters tend to have lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, and a lower risk of heart disease, compared to those who don’t eat avocados. Avocados are also good for the brain. A 2007 study published in the journal Neurology showed that eating avocados regularly can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

28. Stop eating bread and jam for breakfast

Oatmeal with fruit for breakfast is very healthy. It contains fibers, nutrients and vitamins. A glass of milk served at the bottom of a bowl of oatmeal can further boost the health benefits and appetite-controlling properties of this breakfast. Oatmeal with fruit for breakfast ist also very quick and easy to prepare. It is healthy, tasty, and ist delicious.

Compared to other types of cereals, oatmeal is completely natural. It contains no artificial additives. Oatmeal contains valuable fibers. They help keep the intestines clean. Oatmeal prevents constipation. Oatmeal is a good source of B vitamins. Oatmeal contains minerals such as manganese, magnesium and potassium. Oatmeal contains selenium, which protects from the harmful effects of free radicals. Oatmeal contains more soluble fiber than any other cereal.

29. Eye cream -even for men - shrinks your winkles

Wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors, including age, sun exposure, and hereditary factors. While aging is the main culprit, sun exposure and heredity are factors that can't be avoided, so it's how you choose to tackle them. And when it comes to treating them, we've got good news: eye creams not only hydrate wrinkles, but they can actually shrink them.

Numerous studies over the years have proven that applying cream to your eyes regularly is an effective way to get rid of crow's feet. That's because the lipids in eye cream penetrate from top layers of the skin, where they moisturize, to the middle layers, where collagen and elastin, two skin proteins that improve elasticity, form.

30. Drink more tea

Today tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. In many countries the consumption of tea is considered an indicator of both wealth and health. Today, tea is offered in different forms: as green, black, herbal or oolong. Tea contains valuable biologically active substances, which, due to its chemical composition, it has a positive effect on the body.

Tea contains caffeine, which is a substance that immediately increases energy and has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. In addition, tea antioxidants have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, help to prevent cancer and reduce cholesterol.

Green tea is the most used tea in the world, and is second only to water in terms of consumption. Its beneficial effects on the heart, especially the arteries, are well known. Green tea contains polyphenol antioxidants, which protect the body against free radicals, which cause many diseases. Green tea has a beneficial effect, as it reduces inflammation and has a beneficial effect on blood pressure.

Another side-effect: Tea enhances memory and cognitive function.

31. Make your hair great again

According to studies, about 2 millions men suffer from hair loss every year. And while some may argue that the solution could be as easy as buying a shampoo, others may argue that baldness is genetic. But for those who suffer from hair loss, there is hope. Hair transplantation is gaining more and more popularity because the results are permanent. And no, you don’t have to go under the knife to have a perfectly healthy head of hair.

Hair transplantation is a medical procedure in which hair is removed from one part of the body and transplanted to the balding areas. Hair transplantation is a procedure in which surgeons remove some of the hair from the back of the head and transplant it to the balding areas. This procedure is most commonly done with a man’s hair, but women have had it done as well. But hair transplants are permanent, and the procedure is usually quite successful.

Hair transplantation is a process that involves the surgical removal of hair follicles from the back of the scalp and transplanting them to the balding areas of the head or body. The hair follicles are harvested from the back of the head or body, and then transplanted.

32. Try these small needles...

Acupuncture is a treatment method that involves the placement of fine needles at specific points along meridians in the body. It’s used to treat certain ailments that involve pain or dysfunction. Like any other treatment method, acupuncture has certain benefits and risks.

Acupuncture is thought to have originated in ancient China, and it is a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine. Several acupuncture points on the body are thought to influence the flow of qi, or life energy. The idea of qi and meridians is prominent in acupuncture. Qi is believed to flow along meridians in areas that correspond to regions of the body. A blockage in the flow is thought to lead to dysfunction. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are meridians that flow along specific pathways in the body, such as the spine, face, and chest.

Acupuncture is supposed to help by increasing the flow of qi and releasing blockages. Although the effectiveness of acupuncture hasn’t been proven in clinical trials, some doctors believe acupuncture can help with pain, nausea, depression, and fertility.

33. STOP eating white flour

In 2012, researchers from Harvard and then Princeton published a study that suggested eating whole grains might be the secret ingredient in prolonging your life. Their study, which analyzed data from 353,622 adults, showed people who ate more whole grains were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. The researchers even noted they found that daily consumption of whole grains was associated with a 7% reduction in mortality overall.

But whole grains aren’t just good for your heart and your longevity. They’re also healthy for your skin. Researchers from Northwestern University published a study that found people who ate more whole grains had a lower risk of acne. The grain’s fiber and phytonutrients can aid in detoxification, a process that helps clear your skin of blemishes.

34. Do team sport outdoors - for quality reasons

The more time we spend hanging out with the people we care about, the more our happiness levels rise, research shows. And spending that time outdoors—whether we’re playing sports or strolling through a park—is even better.

Playing sports outdoors has benefits for both physical and mental health. (That’s one reason the NFL and NBA play two regular-season games each year outdoors.) Playing a sport or engaging in an outdoor activity also helps develop coordination and teamwork, which makes you more likely to become a valued member of a team. And research shows that playing outdoors has very real, physical benefits. It improves mood. It cuts your risk of cardiovascular disease. And it even boosts your ability to remember things.

35. Cut media time

According to new research, the more time people spend on their smartphones or computers, the less time they spend engaging in physical activity—and that, in turn, has been linked to an increased risk for diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

One new study from the University of South Carolina found that adults who spent more than four hours a day on computers or smartphones were 97 percent more likely to suffer from diabetes, 69 percent more likely to have obesity, and 59 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome—a collection of risk factors leading to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Another study, which examined data from nearly 25,000 adults, found that people who spent more than 3.5 hours a day on their smartphones were 61 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome than people with fewer than two hours per day on their phones. And for youth between ages 12 and 17, spending hours on a smartphone was associated with 31 percent increased odds of having metabolic syndrome.

36. What makes you happy?

Happiness is good for you. And the evidence is growing. Happiness, it turns out, is a contributory factor to better health. Studies have shown, for example, that a positive outlook may prolong your life.

Research shows that happiness is also contagious. So, happy friends, (and even pets) make you happier. Just think about how much happier you would feel if you had a friend or neighbor who planted a garden in the shade.

37. Have you heard of glucosamine?

Glucosamine is an amino sugar that the body naturally produces, but as we get older, our cartilage begins to wear away, causing our joints to become stiff, achy, and painful. Glucosamine sulfate and sulfate chondroitin are two supplements that are commonly prescribed for osteoarthritis, which affects nearly 50 million American adults and is often confused with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints, causing inflammation. Research has shown that glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate can ease osteoarthritis pain and stiffness, though their effect on rheumatoid arthritis hasn’t been as clear.

38. Use a smooth cleaning brush

At 50, our skin starts to sag and sag. We can’t stop the clock, but sometimes, we can slow down the aging process and keep our skin smooth. One of our favorite tricks is a soft cleaning brush, which helps keep our skin soft and supple. A regular face-brushing routine is one of the best ways to fight the signs of aging.

A fine, nylon bristled brush will give you softer, more supple skin. A moisturizing body lotion will soften and smooth your skin. A mirror will show off your younger self, and, for deep cleansing, we recommend a sonic cleanser.

39. Skin Tightening Laser

Alpha Skin Tightening Laser is a breakthrough skin treatment using LED light technology. It combines light energy with radio frequency (RF) energy to tighten and tone skin, reduce fat, reduce cellulite, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Alpha Skin Tightening Laser is an FDA- and ISO-certified medical laser. It generates heat through quantum-crystal technology, resulting in an enervating thermal effect that stimulates collagen production. This treatment also disrupts fat cells, releasing them from the body and reducing fat. The thermal effect of Alpha Skin Tightening Laser reduces the appearance of cellulite and improves circulation.

Alpha Skin Tightening Laser treats skin, fat, and cellulite, without needles, incisions, or pain. It reduces the appearance of stretch marks, wrinkles, and age spots, stimulates collagen, reduces cellulite, and firms skin.

40. Quit smoking

Did you know that smoking makes you look older? It’s true! In fact, smokers are more likely to lose half of their facial volume by the age of 50 than non-smokers. Smokers also tend to have thinner lips, which makes their face look thinner overall. Fortunately, there are safe, effective natural methods to quit smoking. And the results? You’ll look better and feel better.

We talked to Dr. Joseph Mercola, an Illinois-based osteopathic physician, about the fact that smoking ages you. Dr. Mercola says, “Smoking causes wrinkles and sagging. It also causes your blood vessels to constrict, which decreases blood flow to the face.” Nicotine has even been linked to poor circulation to the lips.

Dr. Mercola says these natural methods to quit smoking are also effective for quitting other destructive habits, such as drinking alcohol or eating junk food. “These are not gimmicks. These are real, natural ways to reach your goals.”

41. Take Omega-3 or eat fat fish

One study says eating omega-3 fatty acids is good for your heart. But others say omega-3 supplements don't help at all. Here's what researchers think.

Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat, have been touted as beneficial in preventing heart disease. But the problem is that most people don't get enough omega-3s from their diet. Many doctors recommend a daily dose of 1,000 to 3,000 mg of omega-3s, which is a tall order.

To overcome this, some companies are selling omega-3 fatty acids in the form of supplements. These supplements come in two types—ethyl esters and triglycerides. Ethyl esters are omega-3 fatty acids packaged into oil, liquid, or gel, and triglyceride omega-3s are omega-3 fatty acids packaged into capsules.

In summary, getting fit now means eating well, moving more and stretching. But as we age, we need to avoid injuries, because as we age, our bodies have more difficulty recovering from exercise. Older people need to check in with their doctor before starting any new exercise program as well, and it's a good idea for older people to try exercises outside the gym too.

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