It was only a few years ago that ageing was something that was universally dreaded. Advancing years brought with them aches, pains, wrinkles, fixed opinions and — horror of horrors — bowling club memberships and beige trousers!
This is just not the case anymore, as medical advances, the internet and changing social attitudes mean that advancing in years doesn’t automatically equate to developing an ‘old’ physique or mindset.
Of course, people will say that age is a state of mind and while there is an element of truth to this, there’s no denying that physical changes will happen. There are, however, things you can do that can help you age gracefully.
Take a look at your diet
If you’re in your fifties or sixties, you’ll have noticed your metabolism slowing down, (and possibly, your weight creeping up as a result). Starving yourself is miserable and counter-productive — all you need to do is reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your diet.
Cut down on rice, potatoes, bread and pasta and increase the amount of fresh vegetables and fruit. As well as with anti-ageing cream, you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by eating more oily fish, especially salmon. This gives your skin a smoother, healthier look.
If you really do love bread, replace it with wholegrain or rye. While you’re at it, try quinoa instead of rice and soba noodles instead of spaghetti.
Keep trying new things
Variety is the spice of life, so don’t just stick to nutmeg! Don’t assume this means you should force yourself to try new things just to look younger.
A far more productive approach is to consider experimenting with a variety of new activities, foods, etc. that you’re genuinely curious to try. The world’s your oyster in this respect: you could learn how to chopsticks, take up a foreign language or a musical instrument, or even try out a new exercise class. It doesn’t all have to be Zumba this and Zumba that, mind you.