I Want to Feel Younger, BUT I Look So Old Every Time I Look in the Mirror.

by Suzanne Andrews

30 Ways to be Ten Years Younger in 30 Days Plan

Ever see a woman who is the exact same age as you and wonder how does she look so much younger? Look and feel younger by making small but significant changes during the next thirty days. You could even eat, drink, exercise, and relax a decade away!

Day 1- Drink six to eight glasses of water each day. Hydrate skin, nourish it, and prevent wrinkles.

Day 2- Stretch and strengthen your legs. Doing calf raises and tiptoe walking every other day improves circulation and prevents spider veins.

Day 3- Incorporate upper-body exercises. Lift mini dumbbells, and stretch back muscles for better posture.

Day 4- Work your abs five days a week. Sit-ups enhance blood flow to vital organs, repairing tissue damage.

Day 5- High impact aerobics hurts your joints. Add low impact aerobic exercise to keep your heart and lungs youthful and fit.

Day 6- Choose activities that enhance brain power.  Taking a new class sharpens memory and increases attention span.

Day 7- Use diaphragmatic breathing. Inhale through your nose so debris and pollutants are filtered from the air. Make your belly rise, and then fall slowly, exhaling through pursed lips. Relaxed breathing decreases levels of stress hormones that accelerate aging.

Day 8- Eat baked, broiled, or grilled salmon two times per week. Its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins combat disease-causing free radicals.

Day 9- Try colorful vegetables. Dr. Roy Vartabedian, author of “Nutripoints,” and the nutrition doctor for my PBS show, Functional Fitness, recommends spinach, broccoli and romaine lettuce daily with lunch and dinner. Dark green vegetables have cancer-fighting properties and vitamin C to boost your immune system. Tomatoes are also on this “fighter veggies” list.

Day 10- Have fruit with each meal. Dr Vartabedian suggests cantaloupe, guava, and papaya. These also combat the cell damage that causes premature aging.

Day 11- Add whole grains to breakfast. Wheat bran and wheat germ also contain youth-preserving antioxidants. Their carbohydrates and fiber boost energy.

Day 12- Serve legumes. Rich with those age-resisting antioxidants, peas, lentils, and many beans also deliver steady energy.

Day 13- Which milk? Trade whole for low fat to eliminate 20 calories and 3g of fat per serving Drink skim and cut out 35 calories while eliminating 7.5 fat grams. Keep your figure young!

Day 14- Undress chicken. Bake or roast it, and remove the skin. Less fat on the plate means less plaque in your youthful arteries.

Day 15- Which tuna? Choose water-packed. Get all the antioxidants without the fat.

Day 16- Which bread? Reduced-calorie whole wheat beats plain white. Get antioxidants, an energy burst from fiber, and fewer calories.

Day 17- Vary your exercise. Don’t let your body get too comfortable with a routine. Change it every few months to benefit most.

Day 18- Smile! It takes years off of your face. And it extends life by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and improving mood.

Day 19- Meditate. Breathe gently and concentrate. Quiet your mind and rejuvenate your body.

Day 20- Go on a date. Laugh. Enjoying good company fortifies your youthful outlook.

Day 21- Watch a funny movie. Laughing massages abdominal muscles, gives lungs a mini-workout, and triggers the release pain-relieving endorphins.

Day 22- Treat yourself. Antioxidants called flavonoids in a three-ounce portion of dark chocolate preserve memory, lower blood pressure, reduce LDL cholesterol, and enhance mood.

Day 23- Drink five ounces of red wine or grape juice daily. Red grapes contain an especially potent antioxidant called Activin, which could combat many age-related diseases.

Day 24- Take a hot bath. Light candles. Play relaxing music. Revitalize your skin and replenish your energy.

Day 25- Choose a hobby. Focus your mind, and enjoy yourself. A steady supply of fun keeps you feeling young.

Day 26- Get fit! Obesity can age you as much as 20 years.

Day 27- Stimulate your brain. Hone your thinking skills doing puzzles, learning a new language, or taking a class.

Day 28- See an anti-aging doctor. Have your hormones checked. Boost libido and renew your intimate relationship by correcting imbalances.

Day 29- Choose the best time for daily exercise. Re-evaluate as needed, and follow your plan.

Day 30- Keep up the responsibilities of your youthful lifestyle. You ARE your best “health care plan.”

Take the Younger in 30 Days Challenge with Suzanne Andrews Younger in 30 Days DVD that includes 3 workouts for younger, limber joints, stronger muscles and youthful energy.  Start today for a younger you in 30 Days!

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