Here’s the quote that started me thinking and writing about this topic:
“More physical activity, better diet, including fruit and vegetables, etc., we all know this, not smoking, not too much alcohol, that we will extend our healthy life expectancy already if we do that by around about 10 – 15 years. That’s massive. None of other drugs, for example, cholesterol inhibitors, do that. So it’s so powerful already, lifestyle.”
– Professor Andrea Maier (1)
So how much of aging well or longevity is really due to luck in the genetic lottery? According to gerontologist Andrea Maier, only 20 to 30%. The rest comes from diet, exercise, and lifestyle.
There are so many gimmicks out there promising younger looking skin, less wrinkles, better energy and slower aging. The truth is that it’s really the basic lifestyle factors that make the biggest difference. No pill, vitamin or supplement will replace excellent nutrition; no facial treatment will replace getting enough sleep; and no energy booster replaces regular exercise.
Here is my no-nonsense list of anti-aging tips for any age:
Look at your mindset about aging.
For example, do you consider forty old; what are your beliefs about turning fifty or sixty? Your beliefs very much shape your experience, so try to embrace an attitude that life gets better every year, or one where you see the value of life experience.
Get enough sleep.
This is huge, and sleep quality is equally important. If you’re not regularly sleeping 7+ hours per night, your body does not have time to repair. If you are consistently waking up tired even after sufficient hours of sleep, there are likely problems with sleep quality that should be looked into. Low melatonin production, sleep apnea, high-night-time cortisol, or easily corrected factors like too much alcohol or caffeine.