How to Reclaim Your Youth

by eHarmony Staff for our sponsor, Olay Regenerist

Are you sick and tired of feeling – and looking – sick and tired? Maybe it’s time to challenge the calendar instead of falling victim to it. Here are some simple and practical ways to look and feel more youthful.

How to Reclaim Your Youth: Pursue

Don’t let age get you down. Instead, seek out the things that inspire and invigorate you. Infuse your life with a little childlike wonder and enthusiasm by pursuing the things you’re most passionate about.

As you get older, you have the advantage of wisdom. You know what matters most. Take chances, live fearlessly, and choose to risk failure rather than risk regret. You’re never to old to make big changes, or to try new things.

Even as you approach retirement, don’t settle for settling. Fill your life with meaningful pursuits. You’ll give off an attractive, youthful vibe, and likely inspire others to live young, too.

How to Reclaim Your Youth: Eat

You are what you eat. To reclaim that youthful glow, eat healthy, whole foods. Stock up on antioxidant-packed fruits and veggies, dine on lean protein — it will keep the wrinkles at bay — and limit sugars and starches. Sugar can attack the collagen in your skin, making it weaker and more wrinkle-prone.

Foods rich in vitamins E and C can help fight sun damage. Omega-3 fatty acids will keep your skin soft and supple. And orange and red veggies can give your skin a bit of a natural glow thanks to their carotenoids.

Studies have linked calorie-reduction with longer lives, so shrink your portion sizes as part of your live-forever regime.

How to Reclaim Your Youth: Move

Exercise is important. For those looking to defy age, it should be a non-negotiable. The immediate benefit of exercise is that natural flush that tells the world you’re vibrant and healthy. Who doesn’t want youthful rosy cheeks? And you’ll feel younger if you can keep up with the young ones in your life.

The combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise will keep your energy levels up, your weight down, and your body in good working order. Weight-bearing exercises and resistance training are important for keeping your bones and muscles strong, a little cardio goes a long way in keeping your heart strong and in increasing endurance, and yoga helps tone, strengthen and elongate. Bonus: it’ll help you sleep better!

How to Reclaim Your Youth: Sleep

Sleep like a baby if you want to look like one.

Your body needs quality time in the sack to rebuild cells and give your heart a rest. And it’s not called “beauty sleep” for nothing. A rested face is a younger one. Quick tip: Cleanse your skin every night of make-up, dirt and oils with Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser, then deeply hydrate with top-selling moisturizer Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.

(Side note: sleep has been proven to be one of the simplest weight-loss tools ever. The sleep-deprived tend to overeat. So snooze away that middle-age spread.)

How to Reclaim Your Youth: Enhance

You’ll feel younger if you look younger. Embrace those laugh lines and enhance your natural beauty. Lighten up your makeup, don’t overpluck your eyebrows, use well-blended creams instead of powders, and moisturize diligently.

Try new Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex, which instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with advanced light-defusing micro-fillers.

Opt for a flattering hair color — nothing too harsh against your skin — going only as light as it was in childhood photographs. Soft side-swept bangs can help hide wrinkles. Avoid hairstyles that are too long, or that haven’t seen an update in decades. Don’t be afraid of a little change.

Stand up straight. Not only is that appearance of composed confidence attractive, good posture gives you a slimmer, more youthful-looking figure and will help fight back and shoulder-muscle aches.

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