Three ways to age gracefully

Want to be ‘that person’ seems much younger than their age?! Us too. Whilst ageing is inevitable and genetics influences how we age, good news is that there’s lots of things we have control over when it comes to slowing down the process. From diet and exercise to stress management, here are our top tips for how to age gracefully.

Get regular exercise

We can’t sing the praises of regular exercise enough! It can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases associated with aging, including heart disease, as well as provide you with a youthful glow and energy boost. Official guidelines suggest healthy adults get 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. Always consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regime.

Manage stress

Stress management is vital if you’re looking to age gracefully. That’s because stress has a wide range of effects on our bodies (think lack of sleep, digestive issues and increased risk of developing chronic diseases), mood and relationships. Guided mediation apps, breathing exercises and stretching can be useful. We also love yoga; not only is it very relaxing, it also counts towards our weekly exercise target!

Focus on protein

Muscle mass naturally decreases with age so maintaining what you have via exercise and adequate protein intake is important. However, many of us don’t consume enough protein, especially at breakfast. Therefore, find delicious ways to boost your intake in the morning; for example, via an omelette or protein smoothie. As an added bonus, take a collagen supplement. Collagen is an important protein that’s responsible for supporting hair, nails and skin structure and can therefore help keep you looking your best.

Lizzy Cole, MA MSc PGCE ANutr

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