One thing is certain and that’s everyone ages differently, whether it’s based on genetic or environmental factors. We can’t stop aging, but we can come to terms with the facts of it. Different elements are going to occur in every senior’s life from going gray to age spots – the question is how can you come to terms with these things?
3 Tips to Accepting the Signs of Aging
There are ways to feeling your best in the aging process:
1. Oh no the gray hairs are coming in!
Getting gray is something that happens to all of us and you can either choose to embrace it or do something about it. You might ask yourself if you should dye your hair, so let’s take a look into it.
The process of hair turning gray is a simple one:
As we get older, the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die. When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, that strand of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent color — like gray, silver, or white — as it grows. … Eventually, the hair will look completely gray.
Opposed to popular belief, stress doesn’t lead to grey hair. Stress can lead to hair loss, which in turn the hair that grows back could be grey. Despite everything genetics is the biggest deciding factor for when hair turns grey.
Grey hair is nothing to be ashamed of, but you might decide that you want to color it. Coloring grey hair can be costly and time consuming, but those who dye their hair actually have lower blood pressure – maybe this makes them feel younger.
2. Taking care of your aging skin
Wrinkles and fine lines are all a part of the aging process. A positive way to look at it is that you’ve earned those wrinkles from all the memories and laughter you’ve shared. Even if you accept your smile lines, it’s okay to want to keep your skin as youthful as possible. Don’t fall into the trap of all the sworn by eternal youth products, but talk to your dermatologist about what really works.
The main thing to remember is that good skin comes from within, so having a good diet, hydrating, sleep, and exercise can help. Another helpful tip is using sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Overall, having a healthy and happy outlook on life will give you the appearance of looking younger.
3. Better Posture
Seniors might have to make an effort more than others to have good posture. Being hunched over can lead to numerous health problems and make you older. Good posture can help you age gracefully when it comes to mobility and feeling good about yourself. Protecting your health is another added bonus because it reduces the risk of falls.
If you want to change your posture for the better, there are numerous ways how:
- Strengthen your core
Pilates and yoga are great ways to build up the strength of your “core”—the muscles of your abdomen and pelvic area.
- Say om
In addition to helping to increase body awareness and core strength, yoga is an excellent way to build and maintain flexibility and strengthen muscles throughout your body.
- Lift weights
The vertebral compression fractures that subtract from our height—and can lead to the “dowager’s hump” in the upper back that’s a hallmark of old age—are due to the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for bone health, and may help us maintain our muscles too.
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