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The Facts About Brow Lifts

By: Hsin-Yi Cohen BSc, MA, MSt - Updated: 21 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
The Facts About Brow Lifts

In our quest to turn back the clock, we often rush around looking for the latest miracle anti ageing cream or the magic nutritional supplement or even the latest cosmetic surgery procedure to help us fight the signs of ageing – and forget that there actually a lot of simple, everyday things we can DO to help slow down the process of ageing.

So here are some suggestions to help you stay looking young and feeling young at heart.

Top Anti Ageing Tips

Find an exciting hobby – whether it’s a leisure activity, a more competitive sport or a quiet activity like painting - having an interest gives you something pleasurable to look forward to and provides a good way to relax. It can also be a great way to make new friends and keep you involved in the community.

Opt for the stairs – always try to take the stairs instead of the lift or escalators, if at all possible. Not only will this have cardiovascular benefits but you will also be toning muscles in your legs and buttocks, keeping joints mobile and even helping to maintain healthy body weight.

Get your dancing shoes on – never mind if you have two left feet – there are a variety of types of dance on offer now to suit all musical tastes and budgets and all levels of mobility, coordination, experience and shyness! Dancing is a fun way to get fit and burn calories, as well as tone muscles and improve flexibility and mobility. It can be more of a social event than conventional exercise and therefore be more motivating to keep up.

Book a holiday – everyone needs a break now and then and a change of scene can do wonders for your mental as well as physical health. In fact, a study in the United States shows that women who take regular holidays are less likely to fee depressed, tense or tired and are generally more satisfied with their marriages. Taking time off enables you to refresh yourself and come back to the challenges of life rejuvenated and ready to tackle them again.

Learn something new – it doesn’t matter what it is, whether it is a new language, a DIY skill, an academic course, a new cooking recipe… continually challenging your mind and learning new skills will keep your brain in top working condition.

Be savvy about food labels – make sure you know and understand exactly what you’re eating. Learn to recognise the terms for “bad foods” on food labels – for example, “hydrogenated vegetable oil” is simply a more innocuous name for the notorious trans fats. Knowing the types of additives and preservatives used (especially the types prone to trigger reactions) is also a good idea.

Have some chocolate – yes, but this does not mean stuffing yourself full of cheap, sugary, milk chocolate. Instead, choose a high quality, dark chocolate which is rich in anti-oxidants. In fact, research shows that dark chocolate can slow blood clotting, reduce arterial stiffness and even prevent arterial hardening in smokers. Having a few small squares a day can help to reduce the risk of heart disease – but make sure that it is dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.

Be sun sensible – everyone knows that it is important not to risk UV exposure during the middle of the day and to always wear sunscreen when outdoors in the sun. However, it is also important to allow your skin to absorb a little bit of sunlight otherwise you could be at risk of a vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to problems with your bone density, muscles and even immune system. A few minutes should be enough, however – this is not an excuse to bake for hours in the sun!

Treasure your friends – research shows that people with strong, close relationships with their friends and family tend to be healthier than those that lack these relationships. So cultivate good friends, embrace your family and enjoy your time with them.

Laugh a lot – laughter really is the best medicine. Laughing improves blood flow which leads to improved cardiovascular health. Laughter releases endorphins in the brain and helps you to maintain a sense of positive well being. Laughter can be a great way to release tension and stress – and it also gives your diaphragm, abdominal, intercostal, respiratory accessory, and facial muscles a good workout.

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