10 Small Changes To Age Backwards (Or At Least Look Like It)

September is Healthy Aging month, so what better time to make sure that you’ve covered all your bases when it comes to living a long, healthy life? We’ve put together a list of 10 ways to turn back the hand of time on your body, inside and out.

Lift weights.

It’s not a surprise that picking up weights on a regular basis can do a body so much good. When it comes to getting older, lifting weights actually protects your body from wear and tear and helps to keep muscles from becoming saggy and weak. While you’ll definitely be able to preserve your strength, lifting weights has also been found to preserve your bone mass over time.

People who strength train over a long period of time actually have stronger bones than those who don’t. This is because you break down your bones a bit when you lift weights, which requires your body to rebuild bone mass to be even stronger than before. For women, this is especially important when it comes to preventing osteoporosis and serious injury. Try to add at least 2 days of resistance training to your weekly workout routine to reap these timeless rewards.

Drink water.

Is there anything water can’t do? We think not. Staying hydrated from day to day aids in keeping weight off, fighting hunger cravings, preserving your skin, and so much more. Beyond that, water helps your body flush out toxins and assists your organs in working at optimal capacity. If there is one magic pill that holds the fountain of youth, that pill is water. Drink it all day and every day for everlasting youth.

Destress.

Stress is one of the leading causes of health conditions like heart disease, obesity and certain types of diabetes. Your body has a physical response to mental stress and heightened levels of stress can put too much strain on your body over time.

When you are constantly stressed, your body goes into its natural response to help you deal with a dangerous situation.

Typically, your body helps you respond by spiking your blood sugar levels so that you have more energy to respond to a potentially harmful situation. Those harmful situations, in reality, might be anything from overworking to an ongoing family dispute.

If you’re always stressed, your blood sugar is

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