7 Tips to Aging Beautifully!
Don’t Be a Bone Head–take your calcium! You need at least 1,500 milligrams of calcium every day to keep bones strong, especially after menopause when estrogen levels drop. Taking a calcium supplement daily can help but small doses two to three times a day will help your body absorb the calcium more easily.
Go Faux –you’ve heard the talk about the dangers of tanning (probably endlessly) and the residual damage people have because of it. It’s not too late to stop additional sun damage–just wear sunscreen every day. I like to use a moisturizer with sunscreen built in–at least an SPF of 30. If you like the look of bronzed skin, there are several good self-tanners or tinted bronzers.
Take Care of the Ticker–heart disease is the single biggest killer of women–even more so than all types of cancer combined. High blood pressure, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, smoking, carrying extra weight are all contributing factors to heart disease. Medication can help of course, but doctors are now advising “medicate with movement”. A brisk 30-minute walk every day can cut your risk of heart disease in half.
Get Your Beauty Sleep– I know–easier said than done. But consider the benefits of getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night; your skin regenerates faster while asleep, sleep regulates hormones that control appetite–people who get less sleep are more likely to be overweight. Do something relaxing before bed–a cup of sleepy time tea, a hot bath with lavender, read a book.
Keep the Spark–a healthy sex life isn’t just good for you, it may even help you live longer by relieving stress and helping you sleep better, not to mention the added exercise!
Keep Your Mind Active–not only does your body need exercise, but your mind also. It’s important to practice “mental aerobics” to keep your memory sharp–doing Sudoku puzzles, learn to cook a recipe in an unfamiliar cuisine, going to a museum. Or try a “neurobic” exercise, an aerobic exercise for your brain. For example, try dressing with your eyes closed, brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand–by breaking your routine, it forces you to use brain pathways you weren’t using before.
Eat for You–it’s no joke that after menopause, women gain weight especially around the mid-section. I for one, cannot stick to a diet, however, I’ve had the most success designing my own. I’m addicted to sweets but if I ration them, to say five chocolate kisses a day I can handle it–I’m not depriving myself. Maybe you want to mix and match aspects of different diet plans customizing it for your needs. I also HATE to exercise but I fool myself into it by taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. I hate gyms so I walk the dog and try to go either farther or faster each time. I’ll go for a hike with a friend or just jog in place or do a few jumping jacks for 10 minutes at a time. It makes me feel much better than doing what I used to do—watching other people exercise while I ate ice cream on the couch.
Following these tips will help you feel stronger, more energized and healthier. Believe me, I know it’s not easy, but as women, if we don’t put ourselves first, no one else will. Good luck!
And don’t forget to celebrate yourself and how far you’ve come!