12 Ways to Grow Younger in 2012

Rucuss staffJanuary 3, 2012

The secret to growing younger has been revealed.

Not really, but we do have some great things that you can do to help ward off the ‘old blues.’ Pumping iron a few times a week, taking vitamin D and watching your blood pressure is a good start. The Editors of RealAge put together a list of 12 anti-aging strategies to help you live younger in 2012. Take a look:

1. Take vitamin D. YOU Docs Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., and Michael F. Roizen, M.D., call vitamin D “the ultimate anti-ager.” That’s because it nourishes your memory, skin, heart, bones, and arteries, and it helps fight off cancer. Getting enough vitamin D daily (1,000 mg; 1,200 mg after age 60) can make your body think it’s 9.4 years younger.

 
2. Care for your teeth and gums. A healthy smile looks lovely — and helps keep your arteries and immune system in top shape. Flossing and brushing daily can prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss, which can make you feel 6.1 years younger.

 

3. Watch your numbers. Keeping your waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol in the healthy zone dramatically reduces your risk of many problems, including cardiovascular disease. The combined effect can make your body think it’s as much as 19.8 years younger.

 

4. Keep stress in check.Stress comes in many shapes, sizes, and strengths. Some stress is good, but the bad kind ages you inside and out. Reducing bad stress with meditation or other meditation techniques can help you feel 1.7 years younger.

 

5. Stay in touch. Reach out to family and friends through e-mails, phone calls, and, whenever you can, face-to-face visits. Staying connected can make you feel 8.5 years younger.

 

6. Pump some iron. Working out with weights does your muscles and bones good. Strength-training for just 10 minutes three times per week can make your body think it’s 2.6 years younger.

 

7. Be happy. Go ahead, watch that romantic comedy and spend time with a pals who make you chuckle. Laughing often can make your body feel up to 8 years younger.

 

8. Be fruity and nutty. Fruits and nuts are a tasty, satisfying way to keep your heart, mind, and waistline healthy. Eating 4 to 5 servings of fruit and a handful of nuts daily can help you feel 6.4 years younger.

 

9. Go for whole grains. Unprocessed grains are rich in fiber and nutrients, which help fend off disease and keep your weight down. Eat at least 5 servings of whole grains a day to feel up to 2.6 years younger.

 
10. Think happy thoughts. Positive moods and a good attitude help your body’s vital systems stay in balance – and make you feel 5.2 years younger.

 

11. Exercise consistently. You don’t have to be a marathoner, but regular exercise can make your body think it’s up to 9 years younger. Aim for 30 minutes of activity every day.

 

12. Sleep on it. Adequate sleep helps keep your energy up and weight down. Getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night — but not more than 9 hours — can make you feel 3.4 years younger.

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