There used to be a time when mature women were expected to cut their hair into a bob and slap on that barely seen pink nail polish to match the same color on their lips. Thank goodness those days are behind us! If you’ve been out anywhere lately, you will have noticed that girls in their teens are dying their hair trying to obtain the perfect gray coloring that only comes with experience. People have a new outlook, new attitude and new perspective on aging.
People are taking better care of themselves both on the outside and inside. More and more older adults are signing up for yoga, running classes, tennis lessons or gym memberships. They are finding they now have time to get involved in team sports and it’s not uncommon to find men and women past their 50’s playing hockey, soccer or baseball. Add to that activities such as gardening, walking the dog, and flexibility types of exercises such as yoga or Pilates and we have a new attitude and perspective on aging.
A study conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology tested over 5000 older adults, and the results were outstanding! The average age on the birth certificates of the participants was 68 years old, but their fitness age was 43 years young. That is a difference of 25 years! The four types of exercise that helped to achieve this outcome are aerobic, strength, balance and stretching activities. Always check with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program.
Diet plays an important role as well. Maintaining a leaner frame has been linked to longevity. Fewer calories are needed as we mature so making smart choices at meal and snack times can add years to your life. There are many variables involved that dictate how long you will live, but eating a nutrient-packed diet has helped to slow down the aging process.
Foods that should be included in your diet include Omega-3 rich foods such as almonds, seeds, fatty fish, and olive oil. Avocados, broccoli, cabbage, edamame, cucumbers and leafy greens are another addition to your diet. Ensuring that you are getting enough calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B are also recommended. And don’t forget the water! Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking enough water. Drinking that magically number of 8 glasses a day (48 to 64 ounces) especially during warmer months.
Mental health is an important factor that is often overlooked at all ages. Multiple social, psychological, and biological factors determine the level of mental health of a person at any point of time in their lives. There are some care strategies that you can put into place into promoting a good mental health such as staying involved with community activities, ensuring you have a good support system, and keeping in touch with family and friends. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you need it. There are programs out there to assist.
Last but certainly not least is that looking your best can help you feel your best. Aging doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing makeup or cutting all your hair off. Don’t be afraid to try a new foundation or lipstick. Who decided that eye shadow was only for younger people? Treating yourself to new skin care products or makeup can be a healthy change. And why wouldn’t you take the time out to pamper yourself to a skin resurfacing treatment or seek advice for those wrinkles around your eyes? You deserve to be spoiled, and no one can spoil you better than yourself. Book an appointment for some TLC and see the difference it can make.
Laser and Skin Care Medspa have treatments and products that can slow down and reverse aging. Dr. Bakken has been providing wellness and lifestyle counseling for greater than thirty-five years, and she would love to help you live life to the fullest. Call the clinic today to book a free consultation. Age is just a number they say, and they have never been more right.