People Who Age Gracefully Do These 3 Things Every Day

Kelsey Clark

We tend to think of ageing gracefully as striking gold in the genetic lottery (a blessing that's only bestowed upon a select few). But as Real Simple points out, there are many aspects of ageing that are completely under our control. For example, what we eat, how we think, and who we interact with all contribute to the ageing process; we do have a choice in the matter. If you hope to enter the next phase of your life with your vitality, health, and upbeat spirit intact, science suggests doing the following three things every day:

Wear Sunblock

Sunscreen isn't just for spring and summer; you should apply a lightweight sunscreen every day to stave off signs of ageing, including wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer. "Here are the facts," said Jeffrey Benabio, MD, physician director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente Primary Care. "After a few minutes of sun, your skin stops making vitamin D … and starts making skin cancer." Try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen, and fill up on foods like salmon and eggs if you're worried about your vitamin D levels.

Get Plenty of Sleep

As it turns out, not getting enough sleep is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and premature ageing. "'Beauty sleep' isn't a myth," adds Benabio. "During sleep, your body releases a growth hormone that helps restore collagen and elastin, the essential building blocks of young, healthy skin." Recent studies have even found a link between chronic sleep deprivation and ageing of the brain. "Too many of us treat sleep as a luxury instead of a need," he adds.

Exercise on the Regular

We've written about the anti-ageing effects of certain types of workouts, but leading a healthy lifestyle well into your 80s and 90s is the secret to ageing gracefully. "The average woman can lose 23% of her muscle mass between ages 30 and 70," explains Fabio Comana, a faculty instructor at the National Academy of Sports Medicine. "But exercise—resistance workouts in particular—can increase mass and strength, even well into your 90s."

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