Simple steps to living your best life – for longer
Getting older is something many women don’t think about much – until maybe an aching back or sore knees start to send a subtle message, or a photo from your school ball pops up on Facebook and you realise just how far you’ve travelled away from your youth. As the years go by, you can start to feel that your age is defining who you are and what your future might look like. For some, that can be a scary thing! But instead of letting your age get the better of you, meet it head on with a positive mind and a healthy body.
Start when you’re 40. Acknowledge that ageing is a process rather than a disease – you can’t treat it, but you can take some control. You can even influence your genes through regular disease screening and improved lifestyle choices, such as quitting smoking.
The link between an unhealthy diet and poor lifestyle choices, and an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic ailments, isn’t new.
What is less well known, however, is that your mental wellbeing may prove to be as important as a good diet and exercise in its impact on the ageing process, and how we deal with it.
A recent article published in medical journal TheLancet explains, “There is growing evidence suggesting that psychological wellbeing may even be a protective factor in health, reducing the risk of chronic physical illness and promoting longevity.”
So here are our top tips for doing your best to age well ...