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5 Non-Surgical Ways to Look Younger at 40

5 Non-Surgical Ways to Look Younger at 40

Do you remember the day you realized you had jumped from young to middle age? Whether you’re still in your late 30’s or a few years into your 40’s, things begin to change. You start to feel different and you start to look more mature as you age, which can be a disheartening reality to some. It probably surprised you one morning when you looked in the mirror and saw lines that you were quite certain weren’t there the day before. A pair of pants that made your backside look great the last time you wore them no longer fit the way you remembered them to. Sure, adjusting to aging takes some time, but it shouldn’t be glazed over that a major positive of aging is the wisdom you take along with you. There are some things you can do to look younger at 40 and to maintain your youth while aging gracefully.

1. Focus on Body Improvement

Maybe you dye your hair and use creams to keep your face looking youthful. You should also have a body that matches. There are some really simple practices and procedures you can do to obtain and maintain a fit and youthful body. Some people start with a non-surgical procedure to eliminate stubborn fat.[1] This often provides the motivation to further improve the body by toning and strengthening it. Having a fit body and working hard to keep it also has its advantages for your skin and your energy level.

If you haven’t been eating breakfast your whole adult life, it’s time to start. Eating breakfast can prevent unwanted weight gain as you boost your metabolism, which starts to slow down as you get older. Exercise boosts your human growth hormones, which is what you’d be paying for with facial injections to look younger. Adding a strength training routine to your workout regimen shores up your bones and prevents injuries. Not only will you feel and look stronger, you also circulate oxygen to your skin, which makes it look youthful and radiant.

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Exercise of any kind is going to boost the collagen production process, making your skin appear younger. It also prevents free radical damage, which is a contributor to looking older. You’ll sleep better so you avoid those dark circles under your eyes. You prevent your body skin from sagging when you maintain your muscle.

2. Kick Stress to the Curb

Stress sucks and here’s one more reason why: it ages you. When you’re stressed out, your heart beats abnormally and that causes unhealthy changes in your body’s system. Less oxygen is going to the brain so you don’t think as quickly, your libido suffers, and cells die much faster. Chronic stress for a long period of time can cause an increase in cortisol, which breaks down collagen. Collagen is what allows skin to regenerate, making it supple and healthy. All of these things can make you look and feel older than you are. Life is stressful for most of us but the key to overcoming stress is more about managing it than trying to rearrange your life to avoid it.

To combat stress, the main advice suggested by professionals in the beauty and health industry is to use breathing techniques.[2] This practice can put your heart into a healthier rhythm and relax you during times of stress. If you already have your own go-to method you use to relax, make sure you dedicate at least ten minutes every day to the practice. For a breathing exercise, try breathing in through your nose for 4 counts, hold the breath for 4 counts, release the breath for 5 counts. Pause again at the bottom of the breath for 4 counts before breathing in again. This does wonders for instantly relaxing you, as well as activating the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the pelvis. This exercise relaxes the muscles, heart, airways, blood vessels, and gastrointestinal tract.

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3. The Power of Illusion

A quick fix to looking years younger is to opt for a fringe bang or side swept bang. Bangs are a great way to hide the little lines on the forehead. They also bring focus to the parts of your face that don’t face aging as quickly, like your cheekbones and lips. Learn to spoil your hair with products that offer extra moisture and damage control.

Illusion is everything, so if you’re not feeling comfortable with certain aspects of your body, you can always fake it until you make it. Women have been doing this since the beginning of time. So get yourself some Spanx and a bra that provides some extra lift. If looking at yourself makes you feel old, do whatever it takes to make you feel good.

4. Pamper Your Face

The face is the main telltale sign of age so it’s important to put a lot of focus on pampering it in order to look young well after 40. It takes dual action to conquer aging skin. Your diet and exercise have as much to do with how your face looks as the treatments you use.

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Anti-aging foods include, but are not limited to, watermelon, pomegranates, blueberries, lobster, kale, and eggs. Also, if you smoke it’s really time to quit.[3] Nicotine causes blood vessels to get smaller on the surface of your hands and face, impairing the flow of blood. When that happens, your skin doesn’t get enough oxygen or nutrients that would normally help you look younger.

Here are some beauty tips on pampering your face the right way:

  • Buy a cleanser that is designed for your skin and contains alpha hydroxy acids. AHAs stimulate cell turnaround and assist in priming your skin for better absorption of moisturizing products.
  • Exfoliate your skin regularly to remove dead skin cells and reveal an instant glow.
  • Regularly use an anti-aging serum and leave it on overnight. Anti-aging serums often contain antioxidants like resveratrol and Vitamin C and D. They diminish inflammation that are caused by free radicals, thereby evening out your skin tone and getting rid of puffiness.
  • Moisturize daily with one that includes SPF. This will stop any further damage to your skin caused by UVA and UVB rays. For night use, get a night cream that moisturizes your skin deeply.

5. Maintain a High Level of Bliss

Looking young at 40 means having a life that you intended on. While it probably wasn’t an easy road, you’ve made it to an age where you’re wise enough to drop destructive habits. Peace and happiness in your life is one of the surefire ways you can combat signs of aging. Finding ways to cultivate happiness will give you more energy and your life will be filled with more meaning, which is an excellent side effect.

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Some ways to keep a high level of bliss include:

  • Staying social by doing fun activities with friends that bring fulfillment.
  • Trying new things to prevent stagnancy and boredom.
  • Getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night.

There are plenty of ways to slow down the aging process from the inside out. Be diligent about nurturing your skin, working out regularly, and having fun. Don’t let your age get you down, it really is just a number.

Featured photo credit: lightstargod/pixabay via pixabay.com

Reference

[1]http://advancedskinfitness.com/dallas-fat-reduction-treatments/coolsculpting/
[2]http://www.healthydietbase.com/the-beauty-and-health-benefits-of-deep-breathing/
[3]http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20340112,00.html/view-all

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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