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7 ways to stay youthful

7 ways to stay youthful

The fountain of youth may be mythical, but there are plenty of real, achievable steps you can take to keep yourself looking and feeling youthful. We’ve put together 7 top tips to help you maintain that elusive childlike zest for life, both in mind and body.

Stay hydrated

We know you’ve heard it time and time again, but water is the closest thing to the elixir of life you’ll ever get. Our brain and heart are made of 73% water, so being dehydrated leads to fatigue, poor concentration and a general feeling of being unwell.

Conversely, staying hydrated helps your organs function properly and boosts concentration. It also helps keep your skin looking young, dewy and glowing… what’s not to love?! Aim for a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day, and eat foods with high water content such as cucumber - it all helps! If you’re a bit forgetful, there are smart water bottles like this one; which keep track of your progress and remind you when to drink some more.

Exercise

Getting the blood pumping is a sure-fire way to help push the ageing process back. As a general goal, you should aim for at least 30 minutes a day, or more if you have specific goals such as losing weight or building muscle. If 30 minutes sounds a bit much to fit into your busy lifestyle, try three 10-minute walks instead, or try these mini workouts from Calorie Bee.  

Discover an active hobby you really enjoy, because when you’re having fun, it won’t feel like exercise! Activities like gardening, playing with the kids or Geocaching (treasure hunting using your phone!) will feel more like fun than a chore.

Mental aerobics

It’s not just your body that needs to be pushed - your mind does too. Studies have shown that doing mental activities such as crosswords or Sudoku helps your brain form new connections and remain adaptable. One study by King’s College London found that doing brain training exercises even helped the elderly get on better with their daily activities.

Want to get in on the action? Here are five of the best brain training apps so that you can condition your brain wherever you are - waiting for a bus, over lunch or in bed!

Eat well

It won’t surprise you to learn that eating healthily also helps you feel your best - after all, “you are what you eat”. Providing your body with the right nutrition is absolutely essential for maintaining vitality and keeping your skin, hair and nails healthy.

Try to eat a rainbow of foods with a range of nutrients, e.g. berries or green tea for antioxidants, yogurt for probiotics, fish for omega-3 and nuts for vitamin E. You could even make small swaps such as replacing refined sugar with honey. Whilst the calorific content stays the same, honey has health benefits that sugar doesn’t, such as anti-inflammatory properties. We love these anti-ageing food recipes from Delish.

Have you tried one of our #RioRecipes yet? Try our delicious lemon matcha muffins!

Be mindful

It’s all too easy to rush through life without stopping to notice what’s happening around you or within you, but learning to be mindful can help combat this.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying more attention to your thoughts and the world around you, and being more ‘present’ in the moment, instead of worrying about the past or future. It can take a bit of practice to get the hang of, but once you have, you can enjoy better concentration, mental clarity, acceptance and compassion amongst other things.

Learn more about mindfulness here, or download a mindfulness app. There are even a range of ‘anti-stress’ colouring books - give them a go!

Take care of your skin

You only get one skin, so it’s important you take care of it. Having a good skincare routine (cleansing, toning and moisturising) is essential for reversing the environmental stressors we’re exposed to throughout the day and for protecting against further damage.

Serums and moisturisers replenish the skin’s natural defence barriers and help maintain a radiant, youthful glow. Choose an anti-ageing formula such as our Face & Decolletage Serum, which contains specially selected plant extracts such as Sacha Inchi, Babassu and Manilkara to help fight the first signs of ageing and keep your skin looking healthy and balanced.

Feel the love

Passion is a powerful thing. Anyone who’s been in love knows that feeling of euphoria that puts a spring in your step and seems to make your worries melt away. And whilst passion in the bedroom is particularly beneficial (releasing the hormone oxytocin which reduces stress and anxiety), passion in other areas of life have a similar effect!

Try throwing yourself into a new hobby or pursuit - a newfound love for something will give you a sense of purpose and boost your self esteem.

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