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Live Young

Live Young

Feel younger than you really are with simple lifestyle choices that can de-stress  you and lower your biological age.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be healthy and fit enough to enjoy each moment of our lives to the maximum? The good news is that we can – we can even feel younger than we really are! Your chronological age is the number of years since you were born, but your biological age is how old your body has really become, based on your lifestyle and general health.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be a 40 year old woman with the body of a 30 year old or a grandmother who is as active as her daughter? That’s what it means to lower your biological age, and medical research has found that it can be achieved through simple choices that anyone can make.

Eat healthy food

Cutting calories in your diet while still getting all the nutrients you need keeps your heart young, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Doctors in that study recommend eating foods in the traditional Mediterranean diet: vegetables, olive oil, beans, whole grains (found in baladi bread), fish and fruit. Limit junk food, fizzy drinks, desserts, white bread and white pasta. Maintain a healthy body weight to reduce your risk for illnesses. You’ll also move easier and feel more energetic.

Exercise

We all know that exercise is good for us. Regular exercise reduces your risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It also keeps you fit and supple, which helps you do your daily activities. What you may not know is that exercise improves your mental functions as well, and it also lifts your mood. That’s because during exercise, endorphins are secreted in your body, giving you a natural high. Try to be physically active 30 minutes a day, even if you have to split it into 10 minute chunks. Walking is the simplest and easiest exercise of all.

Stay positive

Studies have shown that people who stay positive and optimistic are actually healthier than others. Optimists have lower rates of depression and stronger immune systems then pessimists. Staying positive is really all about your outlook in life. It’s been said that optimists are people who expect good things to happen. It’s also been said that you get what you focus on, so try focusing on all the positive, good aspects of your life. Instead of resenting problems, see what you can learn from them, and know that they will pass.

Build strong relationships

People who have strong relationships are able to resist illness better than those who don’t. Building strong ties with people doesn’t just happen, of course. It takes effort, but when you make time for your family, create solid friendships and good work relationships, you are building a strong support system and improving your quality of life.

Keep your mind active

It turns out that your mind is just like your body – the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Brain cells grow when your mind is active, so keep it busy by reading, trying a new skill, doing a crossword puzzle or playing a board game with your kids. Your mind will stay alert and strong as you get older, and you’ll enjoy a life where you are constantly learning and experiencing new things.

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Aida Nasr

Aida was a seasoned writer and editor who dedicated her life to finding and spreading beauty and value. Aida brought professionalism and passion to Mother & Child as our managing editor and one of our most valued contributing writers. She especially enjoyed writing investigative pieces in the areas of holistic health and well-being and relationships.

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