When the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon set out to find the Fountain of Youth he found Florida instead. He wasn’t the first to look for healing waters that could restore youth, either. The legend goes as far back as the time of Alexander the Great, who supposedly searched for such waters in eastern Asia. Today, we’re still looking for the magic fountain or pill that will keep us young forever. While there’s no “magic” involved, there are ways to look and feel much younger than your chronological age. Almost daily, news reports recount the results of new research covering all aspects of anti-aging and beauty, from advancements in lasers and skin creams that stimulate collagen to revolutionary discoveries for weight loss or the latest injectables that claim to take years off a person’s face.
How do you sort it all out? There are a few simple tips that almost anyone can use to start making changes that can lead to a healthier, more youthful and vibrant look.
Find out what they are after the jump!
Aging Backwards Tips:
1. There is a Fountain of Youth – it’s called exercise! I know, I know – groan. But seriously, today’s experts are finding out that you don’t have to “kill” yourself for an hour a day with exercise. Ten minutes a day of the right type of exercise can be very effective. According to Al Sears, MD of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, using alternating sets of hard-charging-get-your-heart-rate-up exercise and then rest can give you a great workout. Check out his PACE program here: alsearsmd.com. I also love the new JumpSnap – the jump rope without the rope – as a great tool to take advantage of Dr. Sears’ concept. Jumping rope is great exercise but that darn rope is always getting in the way and tripping us up. JumpSnap eliminates the rope using two special weighted handles and let’s you get a great workout. Check it out at jumpsnap.com.
2. Smell Younger. Seriously! Studies done by Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago revealed that the scent of pink grapefruit makes a man perceive a woman as six years younger than her age. Perfume maker Harvey Prince & Co. of New York City took that a step further and created the world’s first anti-aging perfume, Ageless, proven to make men who smell it on a woman see her as eight years younger. Ageless incorporates the essence of pink grapefruit along with some other “youthful” scents in a light, energizing scent. Find it here: agelessperfume.com.
3. Get your Beauty Rest. Sleep is a free beauty treatment daily, so why not take advantage of it? Our bodies “tune up” while we’re sleeping, according to the experts. Some studies claim that sleep deprivation alters the production and action of certain hormones. I say why pay for hormones when you can get them for free? One way to improve your sleep is to stop using your cell phone after nine p.m. according to a recent study reported by BBC. Keep your room dark and try wearing ear plugs if loud noise inside or outside is keeping you awake. If you’re the type of person whose brain has a tough time shutting off at night (hand raised), try “winding down” an hour earlier at night by meditating, listening to soothing music or taking a warm bath.
You can see that these tips are simple and easy to incorporate into your life. Aging Backwards is about adopting small, easy, daily habits that add up to big results. Visit agingbackwards.com for more secrets, tips and shortcuts for looking and feeling young and don’t forget to sign up for my free newsletter while you’re at the Web site.
– JACKIE SILVER
Jackie Silver is Aging Backwards and she shares her secrets, tips and shortcuts in her book, Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, on her Web site , on TV, on radio, in print and in person. She is the Aging Backwards expert on the syndicated television show, Daytime, the beauty editor for Clear Channel’s Mix 100.7 FM Nancy & Chris Mornings in Tampa Bay, Florida and a weekly columnist with The Tampa Tribune. In addition, she’s an expert contributor to Total Health Breakthroughs , BestLifeDesign.com, and HealthNewsDigest.com. Silver is a sought-after speaker and coach who combines her natural reporter’s curiosity with her desire to help others look and feel young. Her book is available at: Amazon.com and agingbackwards.com.