Sim­ple steps to liv­ing your best life – for longer

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Woman's Day This Week -

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 ...

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