You are already settled in life; you are more confident in yourself; and have gained real wisdom and patience. And while your face may sport new lines and your hair – sprout more grays, it is absolutely possible to stay healthy and fit as you get older.
At ProPlenish, we believe that ageing gracefully involves maximising the positive aspects of getting older, while taking proactive steps to combating the negative ones. Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy and fit as you get older.
We’ve heard it a million times, but the truth is, regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease and ensures that you retain your youthful mobility for longer. In addition, exercise can reduce stress and improve sleep, as well as skin and bone health.
Ideally, you should be combining exercises, such as walking, cycling, or swimming, with muscle- and bone-strengthening exercises that are performed using resistance bands and weights. You can start light and build up your strength as you go, trust us, this will help you stay fit as you age.
Skin is the largest organ of your body, which serves important functions of regulating body temperature, protecting your body from the elements, preventing loss of moisture and acts as a sensory organ.
To keep your skin healthy, nourished and youthful, make sure to:
/ Wear sunscreen daily, even when the sun isn’t out, this should be a non-negotiable in your daily skincare routine.
/ Stick to gentle skincare products free of harmful chemicals, such as the Anti-Ageing Facial Mask from ProPlenish which provides hydration for plump looking skin.
/ Stay hydrated throughout the day – you should be drinking around 2 litres (8 glasses) per day. Water helps to keep the skin hydrated and helps maintain skin’s elasticity. People who are consistent with their water intake are less likely to suffer from wrinkles and soft lines. Who knew?!
To stay healthy and fit as you get older, diet is essential. It’s easy to reach for processed foods, but the reality is, they don’t serve the body in the same way as fresh foods.
Choose fiber-rich foods
Eat a wide variety of foods that include coloured vegetables, legumes, beans and fruits that are rich in important vitamins, – these can be fresh, canned, or frozen.
Focus on lean protein
Support your muscles and focus on lean protein, this includes lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds.
Go for complex carbohydrates
Minimise sugary treats and processed foods and opt for complex carbohydrates. What are they, you ask? Foods such as quinoa, barley, brown rice, whole grain cereals, pasta and oats.
Consume healthy fats
It’s important to balance your diet and include healthy fats, which can be found in fish, seeds, nuts, avocado, olive oil and our favourite, dark chocolate.
Add daily supplements
We know it’s difficult to consider adding daily supplements to your diet, especially when you may have other prescription medication to take, however, our Marine Collagen + is simple and easy to include in your daily routine. This supercharged beauty formula includes 100% pure marine collagen, as well as nine vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that support skin elasticity and the health of your bones, hair, and nails. You simply add 2 -3 serves into your favourite smoothie, yogurt or water.
Of course, healthy habits are important at any age, – but they become of the utmost importance when it comes to staying healthy and fit as you get older. Small lifestyle changes can go a long way, and following the steps listed above can help you to feel great as you age.
To support your journey to a strong and healthy body, make use of the anti-ageing beauty slipcase products offered at ProPlenish.
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