How do you stop the ageing process?

elderly_man_holding_a_custom_text_sign_12871Forget the magic potions and snake oil. Start walking, stop eating puddings, stop eating full stop, that will work!

Fancy a nap? Then have one. Men don’t dye your grey hair it looks worse than having grey hair. Compare the new-look Tom Jones and Macca if you don’t agree.

Buy decent clothes. Nothing worse than an old geezer in rubbish clothes (and I include trainers in that category from bitter personal experience).

These are just a few of the ideas in the Times2 section today written by Matthew Parris with my own thoughts added.

The full article gives a great long list of things to do suggested by the Times team of experts and here are most of them with my own comments added here and there:

  • Get out of your comfort zone and do something different
  • Stop worrying about your status in society and comparing yourself with other people. Status anxiety just makes us unhappy
  • Learn something new every day. Apparently the Queen does this and a fat lot of good that has done Prince Charles
  • Get a pet. It reduces blood pressure, cholesterol and stress levels and is particularly useful if you have had a heart attack
  • Be an optimist and look forward to things. I’m looking forward to having a holiday again one day
  • Stop making lists and JUST DO IT
  • Eat less but eat better
  • Pay off debts
  • Get married and you’ll live longer. Certainly good for men
  • Wear comfortable shoes as soon in life as you can. I love my Clarke’s shoes and Geox trainers. Uncomfortable shoes lead to inflammation which impacts on everything from heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s
  • Walk if you can, use the stairs, lift weights . This improves your memory as well as your stamina NB you lose 1lb of muscle weight a year from age 50
  • T-shirts not a good idea if you have a paunch, better a tailored shirt
  • Get enough vitamin D i.e. get some sun on your back and avoid dementia
  • Have more sex. Only way to age-proof your sex-life is to keep having one.
  • Listen to boy bands. I know it’s hard to believe but apparently listening to Westlife’s “Safe”, One Direction’s “Midnight Memories“, Blue’s “All Rise” and Take That’s “When we were Young” is recommended for their invigorating bounciness and the way the lyrics speak to the older generation.  I suppose they’re a bit more positive than the lyrics to “My Generation” by The Who!
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