How to Stay Fit and Young Looking
Each person has their own ideas of what it takes to stay fit and young. There isn’t really any cookie cutter plan, but there are some things you need to take into consideration when it comes to doing it. Being fit and young doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be on some fad diet, or workout in a gym all day. It doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of going outside because you’re afraid the sun is going to strike you down, either now or later on in life. It really means using common sense and committing to do what it takes in order to prevent the signs of aging as much as possible, and to adopt a lifestyle to help you live a long, healthy life.
So let’s start with the basics. What does it mean to stay fit? How can you do it, even if you are on a budget and can’t afford to pay for some of those expensive diet plans? How can you avoid the high cost of joining a gym, or buying expensive equipment that is going to end up sitting in a dark corner somewhere collecting dust? It really starts with your diet. You don’t have to go on a diet, but you do have to commit to eating healthy. The problem is we are creatures of habit, and most of us are lazy. If we are in a rush, we skip eating a decent breakfast at home, grab a coffee and a doughnut somewhere, and rush to work. Instead of taking the time and going home for lunch, or making something homemade to bring to work, we opt to go to that fast food restaurant down the street. Even when it comes to dinner, we would rather buy something pre made, or from the freezer section of the supermarket that we can just heat up in the microwave.
Not many of us really stop to think about how all this greasy fast food, or frozen processed foods affect our bodies. All the grease, fat, and chemicals take their toll. Fatty foods cause us to gain weight, our skin is all oily and greasy, and chemicals that are not supposed to be ingested on a regular basis start to toxify our bodies. Over time, we start to develop illnesses and diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, even diabetes, and then we wonder how this could have happened.
In order to counteract these effects you really need take a hard look at your diet, and change it. Instead of rushing to get out the door in the morning, and making poor food choices, wake up a little earlier and eat a decent breakfast. It can be a bagel with some cream cheese, excellent energy foods. Whole grain cereal with some low fat milk, things like that can get your day going. Take your lunch with you, and if you can’t, then pick lower fat content items, like that side salad, or yogurt parfait. You really need to get back to basics when it comes to eating dinner. Many people are under the illusion that it’s cheaper to buy quick meals for dinner, or to buy from a restaurant. It isn’t. Let’s take a family of four buying a pizza dinner. Even with the lowered cost of some pizza places, you are going to end up buying at least three pizzas, some sides, maybe a soda. This can add up to thirty or forty dollars. If you went to a supermarket instead, and bought a couple of pizza crusts, some cheese, sauce, and toppings, you would spend half that easy. Making it at home allows you to put as many or as little ingredients on it, and you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.
The same goes for exercising. Here we are lazy and make poor choices as well. We commute to work, even if our jobs are just around the corner. We take an elevator everyday instead of the stairs. We come home, sit down and watch TV, or play our video games until bed time. You dont’ have to join a gym or buy expensive equipment to get your exercise in every day. You like video games? Buy at least one or two fitness games where you have to get up off the couch and move around. Buy a bike, take it to the park and ride around three times a week weather permitting. Use the local indoor pool when it’s cold outside to exercise. Walk around the neighborhood every chance you get, especially after dinner. These are just some of the ways to stay fit without breaking the bank.
You want to stay young looking, but enjoy the sun? Wear some sunblock, a wide brimmed hat, and take cover during the hot midday sun. Use moisturizers that are made with all natural ingredients, take a shower and use mild soap. Don’t wash your hair every single day, it strips it of its’ natural oils. Don’t use products that dry out your skin. Wash your face, to get rid of extra oils that could cause acne. Make sure you drink at plenty of water each day, since this is the best way to clean your body of toxins. Make sure you take some me time, learn to meditate, or try some other way to reduce your overall stress levels.
It’s true that many of us start this process a little too late. We spent our younger days doing all the things opposite of what it takes to stay fit and young, and now we regret it. Some of us may even have tattoos or other markings that we are not proud of now. Some of us, no matter what we try to do, can only hide the signs of aging so long. We may have those laugh lines or crows feet starting to appear. Our skin may be starting to lose its’ elasticity, or we may start seeing those bothersome age spots and wrinkles. You don’t have to take this laying down, you can go to the Dermmedica Kelowna clinic. They have all different kinds of services that can help you, from laser tattoo removal, hair restoration, and help with many other skin conditions.