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Keeping fit is the best anti-ager there is. Support your body’s physical needs with a few lifestyle changes and there’ll be no stopping you
There’s nothing more rejuvenating than a bracing walk or a dip in the pool. But being active isn’t always easy, especially if you spend most of your day sitting at a desk and the sofa beckons when you get home. Pulling on your trainers or going for a swim can feel even harder as you get older and start to notice twinges and aches that didn’t used to be there. Energy levels can seriously drop with age, too. (Remember the good old days when you’d think nothing of dancing all night and still be able to race around the next day?) Unfortunately, it’s easy to get out of the habit of exercising, and the less active you are, the less you feel like doing… before you know it your joints are getting stiff and you’re making that ‘oooph’ noise as you get up out of your armchair. (Seriously, where does that noise come from?!)
Don’t worry, though, becoming tired and creaky is not an inevitable part of the ageing process. Sure, your joints and ligaments experience wear and tear, but staying active and eating and a healthy balanced diet can help delay many of the physical and even mental signs of ageing. Good nutrition will help you be naturally more active by supporting your joints, ligaments and energy levels, and even boosting your mood – so you’ll feel more inclined to hit the gym or go to that exercise class you’ve been meaning to try for ages.
Taking a nutritional supplement can help, too. Cod liver oil, for example, is an important source of omega-3 oils, which have been shown to support cardiovascular health as well as help keep joints and ligaments supple. Certain vitamins and minerals can help you stay more active, too. Glucosamine, for example – a naturally occurring compound found in the fluid around our joints that can also be sourced from shellfish – helps build cartilage, which is why some people swear by it for preventing achy joints. B vitamins play an important role in energy release, so taking a supplement that contains a B complex might be a good idea to keep you firing on all cylinders, too.
A few simple changes that could mean you’re more likely to get your trainers on in the first place – and the more active you are the younger you’ll feel. The armchair can wait.