Nine keys to not grow old inside (even if the years pass)

We can't stop the clock, that's obvious. But what age is an attitude should also be. Recovering the energy, enthusiasm and illusion of being twenty again is a matter of 1) wanting to do it and 2) adopt a series of great habits (of those who later do not want to part with).

We already know that if we want to feel better we must take good care of our diet, quit smoking and not drink much alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fat, etc. Yes, those are the first steps, but there are other habits that can also make us feel better ... inside and out.

1.- The first step? Offer the best version of oneself.

And we're not suggesting at all that you have to become obsessed with all kinds of beauty treatments to look ten years younger than you are. The key is to love you, pamper yourself and take care of yourself to offer the best version of yourself. Now. Trying to prolong the youth of your skin, worrying about your hair or keeping your body fit will help you feel younger and have more confidence in yourself and the benefits you will notice, but also those around you. And it is scientifically proven: we are more attractive when someone says we are. As simple as that.

2.- Do not miss your sleep hours.

Having your proper ration of sleep on a daily basis is the key to feeling young in a pee pas. The body can only recover from day to day after a certain number of hours, but that's not only good for feeling good physically, also mentally. According to a study by Sleep magazine, reducing nighttime rest increases the risk of premature death by 12%. Scientists at the University of California have also shown that the secret of long life, especially for many women, is sleeping six and a half hours each night.

3.- Give nap a chance.

Chronic tiredness sends a message to your body that weakens it and makes you more likely to be overweight or depressed. If you can't afford to sleep at night, you can always take a little nap, about twenty minutes, to get that quick energy injection and avoid dark circles. As American researchers showed in a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, taking a nap may have benefits for the cardiovascular system. Specifically, this study showed that blood pressure remains lower if we take a nap versus not doing so. A fabulous way to reduce hypertension problems.

4.- Be more active: the key.

Exercise is not only essential for maintaining weight and for our cardiovascular health, but also it's wonderful to make you feel younger. When our blood rhythm increases we make irrigation more effective and it shows throughout the body. Disciplines such as Yoga or Pilates can help you work your flexibility to improve your postural problems. Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky did a study for McMaster using mice with physical characteristics comparable to those of a middle-aged person and made them run 45 minutes three times a week. His skin improved, his fur grew and he stopped graying. According to Tarnopolsky “Aging is inevitable, but my research shows that exercise keeps people healthy and active and helps them live longer”.

5.- You can be even more active ... really.

It may seem like the most comfortable option to stay at home, but in the long run, visiting an exhibition, going to concerts, playing sports or just taking a walk are the best options if you want to feel younger. It begins to age when you lose curiosity and interest in the environment, when you stop learning or surrender to boredom. According to a study published by, experiencing new things stimulates our brain and helps keep us young. Life is like this: you have to say goodbye to our sofa and go outside to look for adventures.

6.- Your arsenal of cosmetics also needs an overhaul.

Yes, it's true: we all have our favorite cosmetics since we were teenagers, but the time has come to retire them ... if you don't want them to retire to you. Maybe the purple eyeshadow was scary when you went to the disco, but at certain ages there are products that do not take years away, add them. In addition, today you can find products specifically designed to adapt to mature skin that have double functionality: they take care of you and make you feel better about yourself.

7.- Friends rejuvenate.

Surrounding yourself with a good circle of friends is key to feeling younger. Not only because good company enriches, too It helps you avoid having high blood pressure, fight memory losses and reduce risks both to suffer a spill and to suffer the dumbest cold. A study by the University of Rochester concludes that “It has always been known that being socially connected impacts people's psychological health”, but goes further when the research director Charyl Carmichael indicates that "Having few social ties is equivalent to the risk of smoking, and much higher than that of a person who drinks excessive amounts of alcohol or is obese".

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, co-author of an investigation for the journal PLoS Medicine, goes further and states that "The lack of social relations is equivalent to smoking more than fifteen cigarettes a day". His research, based on data from 150 studies on the risk of mortality and social networks, included the monitoring of some 300,000 people over seven years and concluded that strong interpersonal relationships are as important as leading a healthy life, lose weight, be more active or quit smoking. And according to Harvard Medical School, dozens of studies have shown that people who have good relationships with family, friends and their community, have fewer health problems and live longer.

8.- New friends rejuvenate ... even more.

Having another perspective on the world is always refreshing. Getting together with people who are not your age or do not live a life similar to yours can bring you that emotion you missed. A study from the University of Virginia suggests that we feel more motivated when we find people with whom we have things in common over the years, with which we empathize and evolve. And another study carried out over a decade in Australia showed that mature people who are expanding their network of friends over the years have up to 20% less chance of dying than people who have not.

9.- More than kissing.

A study from the University of Vienna found that when the lips of two people get together the heart rate doubles, adrenaline is released, good cholesterol production is induced and, by exchanging millions of bacteria, defenses are reinforced. But if all this is not enough for you, another study by Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada showed that couples who say goodbye kissing each morning increase their life expectancy by five years, are less absent from work and are up to 25% less likely to suffer a work accident or on the way to work.

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