Stop the Clock: How Men Can Stay Healthy, Fit and Strong at Any Age
Did you read Part 1 of my Stop the Clock: How Men Can Stay Healthy, Fit and Strong at Any Age series? If you didn't get a chance to read it, take a look at it right now before continuing. Read Part 1 first.
Keeping your body healthy starts with a good diet, but did you know what you eat may also contribute to looking younger for longer periods of time?Antioxidants play a huge role in protecting against free radical damage, which leads to cellular breakdown.
· Keep your diet regular. If you follow a regular eating schedule, you'll have less of a tendency to skip meals or overeat. You'll also avoid weight fluctuations, which can contribute to sagging skin and stretch marks.
· Eat a wide variety of foods and follow a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and fiber. Not only does fiber regulate the digestive system, it also helps lower cholesterol.
· Drink lots of water. Hydration is important for your body because it helps flush out waste, metabolizes fat and transports oxygen to cells. Drinking at least 8 glasses of clear fluids a day is essential to maintaining good health.
· A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that less than half of the 1,000 recipients reported having a "good night's sleep" every night, and 26% reported only getting a good night's sleep once or twice a month. Sleep deprivation reduces memory, decreases performance and gives one a fatigued appearance - not to mention that it's been linked to such severe health problems as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
· Although it varies from person to person, men should get from 7-8 hours of good sleep a night to fully recharge their body and mind.
· Make sure where you sleep is dark, comfortable, quiet and free of distractions.
· Next week I'll talk about exercise and stress reduction. In the meantime if you start eating healthy and regulating your sleep, you'll be on the right path to staying young.
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