Key to happiness is growing older

Key to happiness could lie in getting olderContrary to what you might think – growing older for most of us can be a positive thing.  In fact getting older could be the key to happiness!

If that sounds unlikely – research is telling us different. Forget about the downsides of the aging process and look forward to the fact that over 50 you are likely to feel more content with your lot.

The key to happiness in later life may be as simple as focusing on small pleasures and living in the moment.
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Top ten tips to quit smoking for good

Get practical help to quit smoking for goodQuitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can take for long term healthy aging and for your looks.

Of the 50 million smokers in the US – one in two will die early from a smoking related condition – many of these in middle age.

Your health isn’t the only thing at risk either.  Smoking and aging are connected.   If you care about how you look and want to look younger for longer – smoking cigarettes is the last thing you should be doing.  [Read more…]

Weight loss tips – best ever list

Weight loss over forty tipsHealthy weight loss over forty can seem like an uphill battle and the older you get the more difficult it can seem.

As middle age hits sometimes it seems impossible to lose the flab. The decline in metabolic rate means those pounds stay put, and it takes a lot of work to get them off even though you know very well that being over weight and over forty is not a good combination.

The secret to healthy weight loss at any age is really no secret at all, just a simple mathematical fact. [Read more…]

Burn more calories with a pedometer

A pedometer helps keep you moving and burning caloriesIt may or may not have been invented by Thomas Jefferson as some claim but a pedometer is a great aid for healthy aging.

Carrying excess weight and not exercising enough is bad for your long term health and looks.  More and more studies show us how important weight is to a long and healthy life.

Keeping your BMI within a healthy range is a simple matter of taking in less calories than you use up during the day.
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Have you inherited your response to stress?

You may be more likely to react badly to stress if your parents didDo stressed out parents produce stressed out kids? According to psychiatrists there is a link. Parental stress places the child at a great risk of becoming stressed as well.

Besides the genetic risk of becoming stressed, children of stressed parents also learn the tendency to get stressed out in reaction to life’s challenges and this is copied directly from our parents.

Since stress accelerates the aging process – inheriting a stress gene could be bad news for your anti aging health.
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Four core exercises to try for free

Strengthening core muscles is vital as you get olderIf you haven’t tried a core exercise program yet – here’s a few free exercises you can have a go at without calling in a personal trainer.

One of the best things about exercising your core muscles is that you can do it for free in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a fitness ball and somewhere soft like a carpeted floor or a mat and you’re ready to go.

Core exercise can be one of the easiest forms of anti aging exercise to fit into your schedule – however busy you are. Even better – core exercises help strengthen your core and firm those stubborn areas of abdominal flab which settle as we get older.
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Why laughter is a great anti aging medicine

Laughter can be a great anti aging strategyStress has been shown to accelerate aging and disease – anything you can do to reduce stress has to be good.  So how about laughing more?

Recent research has shown that laughter really does help us in managing stress.  Adopting a humorous view of life’s difficulties can take the edge off everyday stressful situations.

Laughter prevents stress building up and stops the release of damaging stress hormones into the body.
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Ten ideas for a home gym on a budget

home-exercise-equipmentThe cost of gym membership can seem like a luxury in these cash strapped times – especially if you don’t go as often as you should. But getting enough exercise – weight bearing and cardio – is important for anti aging health.

Even the most committed gym bunny may want to top up at home between visits. Setting up a home exercise area can be a great way to stay fit without spending a fortune.

The key thing is not to try and reproduce what the best gyms offer. That’s really what a gym membership buys – use of expensive exercise equipment without the outlay.

But do you really need the high cost hardware to keep fit?
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Hangovers or how to manage your alcohol intake

alcohol-hangoverWith holiday festivities fast approaching you may soon find yourself groaning and saying “never again” as that morning after feeling kicks in.

No one can claim that drinking alcohol is good for your health – especially as you get older. But there is a good and a bad way to drink alcohol.
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Cardio exercise the fun way – dance fitness

If cardio workouts in the gym are getting to be a chore why not have a go at dance fitness? Combining cardio exercise with the fun of dance is a great way to keep fit over 40.

As we all know heart pumping aerobic exercise is an essential part of any anti aging health strategy. But – for many of us – “workout boredom” can get in the way.
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