How to Hold Back the Aging Process
It is inevitable; we’re all aging. Once you hit that dreaded 40 number, its a rapid downhill slide. You can watch it happen in your bedroom mirror, or you can do something about it.
There are many things you can do to hold back the slide. Sickness and injury are definitely in the cards for you, but there are things you can do to prevent many illnesses and injuries.
First of all, a healthy diet is so important. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be at the top of your list of things to eat. Next, eat fish – at least two portions a week, because it contains protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Forget all the hype about bad carbohydrates; you need to eat carbs. Just make sure they are whole grain carbohydrates, then you don’t have to feel guilty at all. Check the labels, just because a loaf of bread says its whole wheat doesn’t mean its high fiber you really have to look.
Now the hard part exercise. You definitely can make this a regular part of your day. How much time are you spending watching television? Give some of it up, you will be glad you did. Commit to it for a couple of weeks; make yourself do it. After that, it becomes part of your routine. Sure, you can join a gym and take all the classes and do the weight machines I highly recommend it. If that’s not in your budget though, you can certainly walk and work out at home. Do something every day. Get some small hand weights, no less than five pounds. Once they become easy, go bigger. Just start small and work your way up; don’t injure yourself before this all becomes a habit.
Don’t underestimate a good nights rest. Your mother told you to get eight hours of sleep a night, and as much as you hate to admit it, she’s now been proven right. Try to get to bed a little earlier every night until you are getting at least seven hours of sleep. Some of us need more than that and some of us need less. If you wake up before your alarm goes off, you are probably fine to get less than eight hours.
Don’t think of this as a temporary thing; just until you get in shape for that big function you have coming up. Think of this as a way of life for the rest of your life. Small changes do add up. Its better to start small and work your way up than to jump into it with everything you have and end up injured. The goal here is to prevent injury, to prevent illness, to slow down the aging process. Just try it for one month, I dare you!