Legendary comedienne Lucille Ball once quipped, “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.” Oh, we do love Lucy, but let’s face it, times have changed. Nowadays, celebrities wear their age like a badge of honor. It seems that we are seeing more and more celebrities 40 and above who look as if they have managed to elude the aging process. How do they do it? While Cindy Crawford swears by the Zone Diet, Halle Barry works out four times a week, Jane Seymour plays golf, and Meryl Streep does laps in the pool. Whether it’s a workout routine, a diet regimen or just a love of life, something is working to keep women over 40 in mini skirts and bikinis. Let’s investigate the possibilities.
Fat is not a dirty word. Yes, some fats are bad, but healthy bodies need essential fatty acids to promote the production of the skin’s natural oil barrier and keep it hydrated and plump. EFAs can be found in salmon, mackerel, flax, walnuts, poultry and cooking oils.
Hope you like cardio. It looks like the exercise pros are putting more and more emphasis on High Interval Intense Training to beat aging. That means that you’ll have to go in fighting. No more slow long jogs; hard and fast is the new name of the game. Try sprinting for 30 seconds and then jogging for three minutes until you’ve done a total of 30 minutes. This should add ten years to your life.
Your skin needs 4 essential nutrients; retinol, alpha lipoid acid, madecassol and Vitamin C. Retinol prevents wrinkles by peeling off dead and damaged skin to reveal a younger-looking layer underneath. Alpha Lipoic Acid reduces fine lines, improves skin texture and tightens pores. Madecassol is an Asian plant that keeps your skin plump and Vitamin C stimulates collagen growth and protects your skin against free radicals. Look for all of these on the label of your next skincare investment.
When Jane Fonda was asked how she does it on the Late Late Show, she answered, “Well, I sleep A LOT. What more motivation do your need? Your skin suffers the most when you lose sleep. Just look in the mirror. Sleep deprivation leads to dark circles, eye bags,fine lines and wrinkles. When you slip, hormones begin cell and tissue repair and fresh skin cells replace older skin. Sleepytime is also the time when collagen production is at its highest. Facial muscles relax, smoothing wrinkles and, by lying down, your skin is spared the negative effects of gravity.
As you age, your metabolic efficiency begins to drop by 5-10%. The more you eat the more your body has to break down. Doctor Jeffrey Morrison, a New York physician suggests a diet composed of 1/3 proteins to get the best metabolic performance, and cutting down intake of carbs and sugar. For portion control, try using smaller plates and utensils and separating meals onto small dishes. Always stop and ask yourself if you are really hungry before eating something. Your body know when you’re full.
Lie about your age? Why would you?