4 Ways Wanting to Look Younger Can Help You Live Longer

How Your Anti-Aging Routine Increases Your Longevity

Are you tired of hearing the phrase, “aging gracefully”?

If so, you probably actively seek ways to look younger and I have some good news for you.

New research is indicating that people who actively seek healthy means of looking younger actually live longer.

Note that I said “healthy”. Obsession is never a good thing, and we’ve all seen the cosmetic surgery addicts on TV as proof that this is an issue the anti-aging arena as well as in any other area of life.

The behaviors that I’m referring to include exercising and eating right to keep your body looking great, actively seeking beauty creams or the occasional well-chosen procedure to shave off a few years, and taking an interest in such things as makeup and hair.

But what does vanity have to do with longevity? Excellent question. To begin, it’s not a matter of vanity, it’s a matter of caring about your personal appearance and having a positive self-image. Let me give you some examples of why I think that there’s a connection between proactively aging and just getting old.

Exercise

Exercise at any age is a good thing, but it’s particularly helpful as you get older. 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity combined with 20 minutes 3 times per week of weight training helps to keep your weight down and also maintains good bone health. Both of these contribute to a longer, healthier life. Though the primary reason that many people exercise is to improve or maintain a good physical appearance, the anti-aging benefits are there, too.

You probably already knew about the obvious benefits of physical exercise but here’s a surprise: exercise actually works at the molecular level to preserve the part of DNA cells that cause you to age (see our article on telomeres here for a better explanation). This actually slows down the physical aging process.

Finally, did I mention that exercise increases HGH (human growth hormone) exponentially? Especially in individuals who participate in interval training-type exercises, HGH levels were significantly higher before exercise than after. If you don’t know about the anti-aging benefits of increased HGH levels, check out our HGH article.

Socialization

People who have active social lives live longer and are physically healthier than those who do not and a big part of having a successful social life is a positive self-image. Exercise obviously contributes to this, and if somebody feels the need to spend a little extra on wrinkle cream, have a little nip here or tuck there, or head to the hairdresser to cover up those grays, then to each their own.

This isn’t just about living longer, though. It’s also about living better. After all, what’s the point of living to 120 if you’re physically and mentally incapacitated? Having a healthy social life helps keep your brain healthy, too, because you’re keeping it engaged and active

Research shows that people who regularly interact with social groups have lower instances of Alzheimer’s disease and other debilitating illnesses, so call up your buddies and schedule an afternoon of activity or an evening of fun!

Eating Right

People who care what they look like generally take care to eat a healthy diet in order to maintain weight and take advantage of age-defying anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

What you may not know is that eating lots of antioxidant-rich foods also preserves you on the inside by protecting you from such diseases as cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, high blood pressure and other life-shortening illnesses.

Omega-3 foods also play a role in keeping your telomeres healthy, so make sure that you’re eating plenty of fish. There’s also a supplement that you may want to check out called Product B.

Final Word

Though wanting to look younger may seem superficial to some, in reality, the effort that goes into it actually helps you to live longer and be happier. All of the things that we’ve discussed above also help reduce stress, improve the quality of your sleep, and help to keep your mind stable and your relationships healthy, all of which contribute to a longer, happier life.

If that’s superficial then I guess you’ve got me, but at least I’ll live to be happy AND pretty when I’m old!

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