In our part 1 “How to Stop Ageing By Simply Changing Your Life” we discussed the mental and spiritual traits that you have to develop in order to look and feel younger – such as creative exercises, visualisation and … anger management.
Continuing with part 2 of our mini series, we will discuss how to stop ageing using relaxed workouts.
So, first things first:
STOP BEING A COUCH POTATO
You can literally get rid 10 years of age by simply exercising! Just thirty minutes per day makes you younger! British scientists measured the chromosomes of the biological age in patients and found that those who exercised at least two hundred minutes per week, were biologically younger than those who didn’t. Our suggestion – get your body moving without getting exhausted. Go for a walk (but do not stop for a latte).
Do not be obsessed with your scale
It’s better to be in shape, rather than … thin! Yes, it’s true! Scientists found that staying in shape makes you look younger and live longer, even if you have an extra couple of pounds. Research on 50 year olds with a little more weight that average, but with a frequent workout schedule, looked younger than the 50 year olds who were thin but had no activity at all.
Improve Your Posture
Having a curved back gives you a very old look – besides the back pains. Get rid of it by doing the following exercise:
- Lie down on your belly.
- Stretch your legs and open them slightly.
- Move your palms upwards.
- Take a deep breath.
- While exhaling lift your head up, then the back of your neck, then your chest then your upper body. Your lower body remains glued to the ground.
- Open your hands towards your sides, with your palms facing your body.
- Move your legs so as to slightly touch each other.
- Take a deep breath and exhale as you move your entire body parts back to their original position.
Do this 10 times. Do not worry if its too much at the beginning – you will get your flexibility over time. Just make sure you fit this exercise into your schedule. Make sure, prior to doing any exercise that you consult your doctor or physician FIRST.
Working Your Legs
This is the best way to ensure your joints remain as flexible as possible.
Each day, sitting on a chair, with your back firmly on the back of the chair, stretch your left calf, lift it horizontally to the ground for five seconds and then return back to the original position. Change legs – repeat twelve times.
Improve Your balance
Get the habit of standing on one leg when brushing your teeth. Start with thirty second sessions and gradually increase the effort. Alternatively, try to walk without shoots on your toes. Scientists say that these exercises balance your senses. Growing old diminish our sense of balance, but having a good sense is the basis of a toned posture.
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