They say that men age like fine wine but do you want a face that looks like an old wineskin? I doubt. Keeping yourself young (and looking the part) will only be hard when you’re not religiously following a diet and exercise regimen. Much has been said and this is the very best advice on how to look younger men
Drink plenty of water
Keeping your body hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your skin. It also helps release toxins from your system, gives you more energy, and helps boost your immune system. Studies the majority of Americans are constantly dehydrated. This is a simple thing you can do to help your body in multiple ways.
Eat a healthy diet
Fresh fruits, lots of vegetables in all colors, and lean protein are the healthiest choices. I bet this isn’t news to you.
Lack of sleep affects your body in many ways. None of them good. You’ll feel tired and stressed, your immune system will be lowered, and you start to get that haggard, “I haven’t been sleeping well” look. Make sure you give yourself at least eight full hours of sleep.
If you have trouble falling asleep you might need to change your environment or your habits. The room you sleep in should be totally dark. Cover the alarm clock and put the phone charger in another room. If noise bothers you; then try using a white noise machine to cover sudden or unexpected noise. Turn off the television and your laptop at least an hour or two before you go to bed. Spend fifteen to thirty minutes reading fiction to calm your mind. Don’t eat a huge meal an hour or two before bedtime and cut back on caffeine.
See Your Doctor for your Annual Check-Up
Keep up with your annual doctor visits. He’ll check your lab reports to be sure all your levels are okay. If not, he’ll tell you what you need to work on correcting. Don’t forget your visits to the dentist and eye doctor, too.
Stimulate Your Mind
Keeping your mind in shape is as important as the rest of your body. Studies have shown that people who stimulate their minds can lower their chances of suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
You may want to join a book club so you’ll have people to discuss the books with after you read them. Maybe you’ll want to reread some old classics or just sit in a recliner with a good romance novel. The choices are endless. If you own a Kindle you can travel with an entire library and purchase new books in less than a minute.
Revisit some of the classics you enjoyed watching years ago such as Gone With the Wind or Wizard of Oz. Watch some silly comedies or spine-tingling thrillers.
Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are both good for keeping your mind sharp.
You can attend classes at the local community college in a myriad of subjects. Study a new language; learn photography, or how to knit or paint landscapes. You’ll learn a new skill and maybe meet some interesting people.
Super Anti -Aging Foods
Try to get at least 25 – 35 grams per day. Fiber is good for your digestive tract and helps with the removal of toxins from your system. It also lowers cholesterol levels, helps you feel full so you don’t feel the need to eat too much, and slows your rate of sugar absorption to reduce spikes in your glucose levels.
Garlic and onions
These won’t improve your social life, but they will help your body detoxify.
Omega 3 Fats
These are the good fats. They’re found in avocadoes, salmon, and tuna. These are good for your skin as well as your heart and brain.
Almonds are especially good. They are high in protein and fiber. Buy them raw. Don’t get them covered in salt or honey roasted. Peanuts are not good. They are high in fat (and usually salt) and are not really a nut.
These are great anti-oxidants and high in fiber. Blueberries are also high in phytonutrients which help with the regeneration of cells.
The live cultures in yogurt help keep your digestive tract healthy and boost your immune system.
They are high in fiber and contain many minerals and vitamins. Make sure you get a variety of different colored veggies in your diet. Broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts are considered great cancer fighters. Fresh, organic produce is the best but it can be expensive. Local farmers markets sometimes offer the freshest choices. When you can’t buy fresh; then frozen is a better option than canned.
These are high in fiber and omega fatty acids that help fight to age.
Many spices such as basil, oregano, cayenne, and ginger contain vital anti-oxidants. Some studies show that cinnamon can help lower glucose levels. Spices are also beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight. They are better for you than using a lot of salt; plus when you eat something spicy you feel more satisfied and full. Obviously, if certain spices upset your digestive system then eliminate them from your diet.
If you aren’t eating enough dark vegetables and fruits such as blueberries; you should consider juicing. This is an easy way to get essential fruits and veggies into your diet. Frozen blueberries work well for this and aren’t as expensive as fresh. You can throw in some spinach and you won’t even taste it. You’ll only taste the yummy bananas or mangoes that you’ve added.
This is actually an antioxidant and much lower in sugar than milk chocolate. This can be an excellent (though occasional) treat.
Red wine –
Another occasional treat that works as an anti-oxidant.
Note: As you get older you may develop sensitivities to foods that never bothered you before. If you start having stomach pains or digestion problems try keeping a food journal for a few weeks. Track what you eat, how much you eat, and then write down any stomach problems you experience. This can help you pinpoint which foods are causing you problems so you can eliminate them out of your diet. Flour and dairy products are common culprits.
A food diary can also be beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight. You are probably taking in more wasted calories than you realize. By tracking your intake of food and beverages (be honest, don’t cheat!) for at least a week you’ll know what you need to cut back on or eliminate.
Consider a Raw Diet
In 1979, Roy Walford and Richard Weindruch of the University of California conducted studies that showed that a low calorie but highly nutritious diet could extend the life of middle-aged animals. It was also noted that rates of cancer, kidney disease, and heart disease were also lowered.
These are all reasons to consider the following anti-aging tips:
Eat more raw foods
The more raw foods in your diet are the better. Some of the benefits of a raw diet include:
- Bolsters the immune system
- Protects against degeneration
- Discourages the formation of free radical
- Fights the aging process by protecting DNA
Take SOD (Superoxide dismutase)
This is available in a raw food diet. If you’re not eating enough raw foods you should consider taking it in supplement form. Though studies are still being done on this supplement, early studies show it is effective in preventing cancer and protecting the body against radiation.
Put Some Romance Back in Your Life
Spice up your love life
If you’re one of those people who are lucky enough to still be married to the same person after many years; then you may have grown indifferent to your love life. It happens even in the most committed couples. But make the choice to start spicing up your love life. Or if your single, it may be time to reconsider dating.
Start dating again
If you’ve been single for a while due to divorce or the death of a spouse; you may have given up on your love life. But why not dive back in and see what kind of fish are out there? The excitement of a new romance can go a long way in making you feel like a teenager again.
What if you’re married to the same spouse of thirty or fifty years? You can still start a date night. Each of you should write down on a slip of paper something you would like to do for a special night out. Put 20 – 30 of these ideas in a jar and pick one out each Friday night. Your love life doesn’t have to suffer because you’ve been together for a long time. Change some things up and put a little adventure back in your love life.
Consider online dating
If you haven’t met anyone the old-fashioned way (or the ones you have met are boring old codgers); then you should give online dating a try. You can re-enter the dating arena by sending emails and getting to know someone before you meet in person.
A friend divorced several years ago. She swore she’d never date again. But then her children went off to college and at the age of forty-five, she decided she was ready. After a few horrendous blind dates (thanks to helpful friends) she decided to try a famous dating site. After a few duds, she met Robert. They were engaged six months later. Don’t think you’re too old to enjoy dating. Whether it’s dinner out or a night at the movies; you may find yourself enjoying some new company.
Super charge your libido
Whether you’re thirty or seventy; you don’t have to settle for a low sex drive. You can increase your sex libido by eating an anti-inflammatory diet. This includes eliminating processed foods and artificial sweeteners from your diet. You should also reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine since they can both suppress your sexual function. A few foods that are known to increase your sex drive include; dark chocolate, oysters, wheat germ, almonds, figs, and even cucumbers. Some spices such as cinnamon, basil, ginger, and turmeric are also known to boost the libido. As we discussed early, a raw food diet is often beneficial in helping with sexual dysfunction.
The Advantages of Traditional Chinese Medicine
According to Taoist teaching, the human body was designed to live an average of one hundred years. Lee Ching-yuen, a Taoist master herbalist live to be over one hundred years old. He practiced Chi gong energy work, ate a diet with herbs including garlic, ginseng, and gotu kola, and ate only slightly steamed vegetables and fresh fruit.
Here are some tips to fight to age using the wisdom of Chinese Medicine
This helps the heart to circulate blood and strengthens the body’s immunity to sickness and aging.
Stay in Emotional Balance
The Chinese believe that rhythmic exercise and deep breathing help bring balance to the mental, physical, and emotional. Without all being in balance you can’t create optimal health.
This is a quick way to purify organs, tissues, and blood. Lab experiments have demonstrated that periodic fasting extended the life of animals as much as 50%.
Lack of exercise will make you feel old before your time. Not only will a healthy exercise routine help you physically, but your body will release those wonderful endorphins that help you feel better emotionally. Exercise also improves your circulation, and increase your immune system. No more excuses. Get off the couch and start moving.
Anyone with joint problems can benefit from this exercise because it’s low-impact and good cardio.
This is also a lower impact exercise than running. But it gets you outside in the fresh air and sunlight. Wear a helmet and sunscreen. If you prefer you can set up an exercise bike inside the house and ride while you watch your favorite television show. Don’t stop until the show is over.
A brisk game of tennis works many areas of the body including the heart and leg and arm muscles. It might also appeal to your competitive nature.
Cross country skiing
This exercise is great for the heart, lungs, and many muscle groups.
Life’s about making decisions. By reading this post, you’ve made the decision that you’ll take good care of your physical self. Congrats for that bold move. Remember, your body is a biological system powered by the foods you eat (and the physical exercise you indulge in). All men want to look younger and ripped. The secret to leading a healthy lifestyle lies in burning up more calories than you intake. That’s how calories work.