Our age can sometimes creep up on us. One day we’re all energy and clear skin, the next we’re struggling to cope on monday mornings after we’ve had a few alcoholic drinks at the weekend. There’s good news and the bad news: the bad is that you can’t fight the aging process. The good is that you can change your habits so that even if you’re not younger you can still look and feel like you are. Here are a few essential tips to put that spring back in your step. Hitting the Gym You would be amazed just how much of a difference being a regular visitor to the gym can make. When you’re young you can do a minimal amount of exercise and stay toned; when you’re older, those long days at the office and slowing metabolism can make it so that those pounds won’t shift without a concentrated effort. By visiting the gym several times a week you can have a toned body in a matter of weeks, and you’ll also be giving yourself a much needed energy boost. Looking and feeling younger? That’s something you can’t pass up. Feeling Youthful There used to be days when we could go out all night, spend the next day at work, and still feel as fresh as ever before. Unfortunately, the only way you’ll be able to do that these days is if you have access to the fountain of youth (and if you know where that is, please tell us…). Instead, it’s much more likely that you’ll have to carve out your own resting time. If you’ve had a frantic week at work, don’t automatically think to spend the weekend out on the town; head to your nearest natural area for a night under the stars. You’ll be refreshed and energized and ready to take on the world when you come back. A Telltale Sign Sometimes it’s not about how we feel; it’s how we look. There are some thirty-five year olds who look 25, and some who look 45. The difference? The hair. If a person has thinning hair then there’s no getting around it: they will look older than their years. There are solutions, however. Propecia tablets are used in male pattern baldness, so if you’re showing the telltale signs of losing your hair then it can pay to be proactive and keep your hair looking healthy and buoyant for longer. Similarly, going prematurely grey can make you look older to that; and for that, there’s a simple remedy: hair dye. Staying Skin Safe Our skin reveals more about our age than we’d like it too, especially because it’s so hard to conceal. You can’t go around wearing a mask you’re entire life! The key, therefore, is to make sure your skin isn’t given the opportunity to give your age away. If you’re heading out into the sun, it’s imperative that you apply sun lotion to all the exposed areas of your body. Not only will it stop you getting burned (and severely reduce your chance of getting skin cancer), you’ll also be ensuring your skin stays looking youthful. Nothing affects our skin more than the sunshine, so make sure you never go without your lotion when you’re out enjoying summer. Making a Change When you’re young, everything is new. You’re navigating your way through life and figuring out who you want to be and what you want to do with your life. Eventually we figure it out, and by and by our opportunities to have new experiences become fewer and fewer – and in the process, we acquire the responsibilities that stop us from doing what we want. But remember: you’re never too old (or young for that matter) to change your life. Just because you have a 9-5 existence today, there’s no reason why you need to have the same existence in a few months from now. If you’re in a rut, make a plan and have the courage to make the change – you won’t regret it, we assure you. Stretching Your Way To Youth There is a reason why so many aging sports stars take up yoga – it gives them bursts of energy and prolongs their career. Even if you’re not a sports star, you can still take up yoga! You’ll find that it gives you a level of flexibility that you’ve not had since your youth and an energy that makes you feel like you’re walking on air. Give it a try – if your body feels young, so will you! Learning Something New An enthusiastic attitude towards life breeds youthfulness. If it’s been awhile since you’ve picked up a new hobby, why not take a look at what’s available to you and see if there are any that you might like to try your hand at. Taking up a new sport, for example, will invigorate you and expose you to a new group of friends. On the less active school, taking a course on a subject you find interesting can set you on a new path and keep you curious about life – an essential ingredient to staying young! Acting Childlish There comes a point in life when it’s not longer acceptable to “act childish”, but if you’ve spent the past few decades proving that you can indeed function as an adult then you get a pass to act like your silliest self! Head down to the park with friends and jump on the swing set. You’ll be taken right back to your childhood. You can act old at 25, or act young at 65 – it’s entirely up to you! Letting Go We’ve offered some useful advice here, but the real key to staying youthful is to not overthink it. If you get hung up on your age you’ll be forever chasing something that can’t really be reclaimed. Remember, your age signifies nothing other than the number of times you’ve been around the sun. You only get one life: love and enjoy it no matter how old you may be!