If I see one more online ad with a tagline like "Doctors hate her! Discover the one weird trick this woman used to look 10 years younger," I'm going to scream. I'm not sure what makes me more frustrated -- the fact that companies think that we are naïve enough to buy their latest pills or potions, or, the fact that so many of us still fall for their lies.
By now, we know what a 50-year-old body looks like. We live in one every single day. Even those of us who purchase the latest anti-aging creams and capsules know they won't make us look younger. Not really.
So, what's the alternative? Should we abandon trying to look our best? Should we accept invisibility? Heck no! There are still plenty of things that we can do to look and feel great. But, the anti-aging tricks that we need are not the ones that will cost us hundreds of dollars a month.
Here are seven real anti-aging tricks that every woman over 50 should use.
Wear a Genuine Smile
Nothing will make you look older and more tired than wearing a perpetual scowl. The opposite is also true. A genuine smile activates all of the good muscles in your face and tells the world that you are a confident, happy person.
Smiling can also make you happier, through a process that psychologists call the "facial feedback effect." This is great news, because, the happier you are, the more likely you will be to engage in activities that keep your body and mind in great shape.
Spend Time with Young People
Nothing will make you feel 10 years younger quicker than playing in the park with an ice-cream fuelled 5-year old. As I wrote previously, young kids can also teach us a surprising amount about getting the most from life after 50.
If you don't have young kids in your family, why not consider volunteering at local youth center or becoming a mentor? Giving back has been shown to make you happier and it may just keep you feeling younger too!
Burn Fat the Old Fashion Way
Ok, I get it. Staying in shape really is harder after 50. It requires commitment and discipline. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we all know that exercise, combined with a healthy diet, is the single best way to look and feel youthful.
Here's an easy way to get in shape in just one minute a day. Let's say that you want to start running. Try the following.
On the first day, go for a one-minute walk. The next day, walk for two minutes. Continue this process until you are walking for 30 minutes at the end of the month. Now, start running for the first minute and walking for the remaining 29. If you continue this process, by the end of the second month, you will be running 30 minutes a day. To easy? That's the whole point!
Embrace Your Passions
Most of our adult lives are spent looking after other people. As parents, we often put our children's needs ahead of our own. As employees, we support our co-workers and managers. Now, in our 50s, it's time to start embracing our own passions.
Anti-aging creams often claim to give you a "healthy glow." Well, I promise that nothing will make you glow brighter than knowing that you are making the world a better place, in your own special way.
Stop Helping the Clock
When doctors are working with a patient, they always try to "first do no harm." The same applies to anti-aging. There are very few, if any, guaranteed anti-aging treatments. But, there are plenty of things that will take years off of your life, while making you look older.
By the time we reach our 50s, it's easy to assume that "the damage has been done." Nothing could be further from the truth. Once again, we all know our problem areas. If you still smoke in your 50s, now is the perfect time to quit. Read more about the 4 bad habits we should kick in our 50s.
Give Your Skin What it Really Needs
Your skin is amazing and, for the most part, it is perfectly capable of taking care of itself. Sure, using a natural moisturizer will help to lock moisture into your skin. But, for the most part, all your skin needs to stay healthy is sunscreen, water and a balanced diet. Despite what the supplement companies might want you to believe, the best way to get the vitamins your skin needs is to eat a balanced diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Find Friends Who Make You Laugh
Good friends are an essential part of your "anti-aging kit" for two reasons. First, laughter is a natural mood and energy booster. With the right friends on your side, you will be more likely to engage in the healthy behaviors that will keep you feeling healthy.
Second, and more importantly, surrounding yourself with good friends will remind you to be true to yourself. This means learning to love your aging body. No anti-aging pill or potion is going to make you more perfect than you already are.
What other "anti-aging" tips would you offer to women in their 50s? Please join the conversation and "like" and share this article to keep the conversation going.
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