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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Top 10 Tips for Staying Young and Healthy

Rosemary Conley’s Top 10 Tips for Staying Young and Healthy.Rosemary Conley’s Top 10 Tips for Staying Young and Healthy.

As we get older, it’s inevitable that life starts to catch-up with us. That’s why it’s important to start thinking about your health, your body and mind, and ultimately your lifestyle.

With over 40 years’ experience, Rosemary Conley is the UK’s leading diet and fitness expert, and has kindly provided her top ten tips for staying fit, healthy and young at heart:

  1. By eating a healthy low-fat diet, exercising regularly, keeping – or getting – our weight to a healthy level, drinking alcohol moderately and avoiding smoking can drastically reduce our risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
  2. Exercise is crucial as you get older.  Getting fitter by doing some activities that you enjoy on a regular basis is the most effective youth-giving medicine you could ever have.  It exercises the most important muscle in your body – your heart.  Just like any other muscles, if you exercise it regularly it will become bigger and stronger.
  3. Exercise also burns calories, which helps you to control your weight as well as dramatically improve your body shape.  To enjoy maximum benefit to your rate of weight loss and your health, do 20-30 minutes of physical activity each day, such as walking, swimming, aerobics, dancing or playing sport.
  4. Recent research shows that exercising can reduce your chances of developing dementia by up to 40 per cent because it increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.  Being active also makes you more energetic and helps to keep your joints and muscles strong.
  5. By following the simple rule of thumb of eating low-fat foods you will transform your health and your figure.  Eating a low-fat diet will also help lower your cholesterol levels and your blood pressure, help you sleep better, snore less, reduce heartburn dramatically and eliminate indigestion.
  6. Carrying ‘excess baggage’ puts enormous strain on our joints so losing weight is the first priority.
  7. Looking good doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.  It’s about keeping your weight down and knowing what colours and styles suit your shape, getting a good haircut and taking care of your skin.
  8. How you feel is also important.  It is about having the confidence to get the most out of life and try new things.  So take up ballroom dancing, learn to play golf, travel, find a project you are passionate about and have fun.
  9. Colourful fruit and vegetables such as oranges, tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, carrots and broccoli are all bursting with anti-ageing antioxidants which will protect your arteries and leave your skin looking more youthful, your eyes brighter and increase your energy levels.
  10. As we get older our metabolic rate slows down quite dramatically, so if you want to eat a reasonable amount of food and still stay trim, the answer is to increase your level of activity and exercise.

Following these top tips are the key to improving your health and lifestyle as you get older.

But do remember that it’s always best to be prepared for any eventuality, which is why RIAS offer a range of life insurance products to provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

To find out more about staying fit and fabulous over 50, Rosemary Conley’s website is packed with expert advice:

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