Looking And Feeling Good Beyond 60

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According to a new poll, the best years of a woman’s life start once she is over 50, with 92% of fifty somethings surveyed saying they are, “happier than ever”. We can’t control getting older but we can control how we do it. The most important thing any woman can do as the years go by, is to maintain health and well-being. Anti-aging isn’t about trying to stay 25 forever but about looking and feeling good for the age that you are. Consider the following food and exercise tips to help feel your best.

1. Drink plenty of water.

Staying well hydrated is important to stay energized. Drinking water energizes your muscles and hydrates your skin. Aim for 6-8 cups of water per day (other drinks count too but try to make most of it water).

2. Get plenty of sleep.

On the whole, women don't get enough of it: A 2007 National Sleep Foundation poll found roughly 3 in 10 women said they get a good night's sleep only a few nights a month or less. But healthy women know getting enough high quality sleep, (meaning not disrupted by text messages, or glowing lights from electronics, for example) are critical factors in keeping their minds and bodies strong.

3. Eat real food, not too much and mainly plants.

Progressive decline of muscle occurs over time, so try to eat protein each day. Protein foods include lean meat, fish, chicken, turkey, peanut butter, nuts, eggs, and pulses (beans, lentil garbanzo beans etc.)

Eat lots of colored vegetables. The pigments that give vegetables color are great for health and have the added benefit of making your skin glow.

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4. Make physical activity part of your daily routine and endeavor to make your fitness fun.

Low-impact swim classes, yoga, Pilates, walking groups, and group fitness classes are a great way to start.

5. Fiber.

Fiber can help keep your gut healthy and control blood sugar levels. Foods high in fiber include beans, broccoli, cabbage, leafy greens, and whole wheat bread.

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