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It won’t matter how skillful you are at applying your make-up and arranging your hair if you don’t nourish and care for your body from the inside as well. There’s only so much that expensive beauty products can do to hide the effects of a poor diet, unhealthy habits, and lack of physical fitness. If you want your beauty to truly shine through well into your later years, then taking care of your health and wellbeing needs to be a priority. It may not always be the easiest option, but if your appearance is important to you, then having a healthy body is vital.
You are what you eat
Your body needs energy and nutrients in specific quantities to function at optimal levels. Many minor deficiencies in vitamins and minerals may not result in obvious effects on your health and wellbeing, but they will be contributing to a reduction in your body’s ability to function as well as it could and adding strain to your system. Your body is very good at compensating for a poor diet, which would have been an essential life skill in our ancestors, but as a consequence the results of substandard nutrition may not manifest themselves until they have reached quite serious levels. You may well be conscious of keeping your calorie intake under control to keep your weight down, but that doesn’t mean you might not be missing important nutrients in your diet. For instance, if you avoid oily fish and egg yolks in an attempt to stay slim, you could well be deficient in essential fatty acids that nourish your hair and skin. You should brush up on the latest advice regarding healthy nutrition, or consult a dietician to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need.
Exercise the years away
Being physically fit is essential if you want to reduce the effects of aging and keep your body strong, healthy, and firm. Taking yourself off to the gym on a regular basis is the obvious solution, but getting motivated to work out can be a challenge for many people. Focusing on the rewards of keeping fit can help, but you need to find the trigger that drives you to maintain an exercise regime and the type of exercise that you find most enjoyable to give yourself the best chance of success. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, say working at a computer all day, then you might want to look at ways to increase the amount of physical activity you participate in throughout the day, for example, going for a walk at lunchtime, or having an under-desk exercise machine that you can use to keep your legs moving while you work. Make sure you keep your entire body fit, too – don’t forget that your face is made up of many individual muscles that all play a role in keeping you youthful, so include facial exercises in your routine.
Beauty comes in many forms, but there isn’t a woman alive who wouldn’t look and feel better for adopting a healthier lifestyle.