Five ways to feel healthier and happier as you grow older

There are plenty of positive things that come with ageing.

You’re likely more confident than you were in your early 20s, and you’re likely wiser than you were back then too. You may find yourself more financially stable, and hopefully, you have finally settled into a job or lifestyle that you feel comfortable with. That doesn’t mean growing older is all good.

If you want to feel younger inside and out, there are ways you can turn back the clock in your 40s, 50s, and beyond.

Know how to avoid illness and disease

Nothing will make you feel you’re growing older than getting sick. Not to mention, seemingly minor illnesses can cause a lot more trouble the older you get. For example, COVID1-19 comes with minor symptoms like a cough and fever, but if you’re older, you’re more at risk of dealing with things like liver injury, cardiac injury, and respiratory problems.

You can look and feel younger by knowing how to avoid illness and disease. That means doing things like eating healthily, exercising, and washing your hands.

It’s also important to schedule annual checkups with your doctor. They can help you identify potential problems early so they can be fixed, instead of waiting until they get out of hand.

Build and maintain strong social connections

Social connections are important for all ages. They can make you feel like you belong, they can add more years to your life, and having friends is simply a lot of fun! However, it’s also the case that taking the time to build and maintain strong social connections throughout the second half of your life can make you feel younger.

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Hanging out with your friends often brings out your younger self, especially if you still have friends from when you were in high school or college. It’s also been shown that people who have strong social connections are less likely to be obese, experience inflammation, or have high blood pressure, which are all things that can affect how old you look and feel.

How do you build and maintain strong social connections? Ask an old friend out to lunch, give your phone number to an office coworker, consider volunteering, and more!

Try something new

Who you hang out with can affect how old you look and feel, but so can what you do. As we get older, it’s easy to fall into a rut, and before you know it, every minute of every day is predictable.

There are many benefits of trying something new, but one of the best is the fact that it will make you feel younger. It can be a good reminder that there are so many things to learn when you feel like you’ve done it all!

A few ideas of new things to try include:

  • Play a new sport
  • Travel by yourself
  • Try a new recipe
  • Learn how to play an instrument
  • Take dancing lessons

Use all the muscles in your body

Exercise is important at every age. You should definitely continue exercising as you get older, but instead of focusing on how many calories you’re burning or how many inches you’re losing, you should focus on your muscle mass.

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It’s normal to lose muscle mass as you age, but that’s also what makes you feel weak, leaves you susceptible to injury, and it’s what’s responsible for the loss of your hourglass figure.

When you work out, exercise as many muscles in your body as possible. Do stretches, consider yoga, or take up swimming to maintain your muscle tone for as long as possible.

Take care of your skin

Taking care of what’s going on inside your mind and body are both extremely important, but if you want to turn back the clock, you’re also likely interested in how you look.

There’s not necessarily a need for cosmetic surgery in order to look like a younger version of yourself. You just have to take care of your skin with the right anti-ageing skincare routine.

That will likely include using a gentle cleanser, trying an exfoliant, and moisturising, but no matter what the details of your specific routine, everyone needs to protect their skin from the sun with a daily SPF.

It’s true that you aren’t going to look or feel like you’re 18 again. But follow the tips on this list and you can start looking and feeling younger than your years.