Aging by Numbers

Aging by NumbersFor something to be considered an antique, it must be at least 25 years old. Sound unfair? It’s only unfair if you’re not taking care of yourself accordingly. Just like our favorite possessions, maintenance is a vital component about staying in mint condition. The trick is that the tasks involved in maintenance change with aging. What worked 5 years ago won’t necessarily work today. So here’s a quick guide broken down by age to help you be proactive in your health and wellness.

In Your 20s – Discover the Power of Prevention.
If you aren’t already, start wearing sunscreen every day. Opt for at least SPF 15 and up the protection to SPF 30 if you spend extended hours outdoors for work, exercise or recreation. Make sure to add a moisturizer formulated for men to your daily skin care regime. This is also an excellent time to undertake a strength and flexibility program. Remember, it’s not about size, it’s about hedging against diminishing muscle mass in the years to come.

In Your 30s – Address Concerns Today
Sometime in your 30s, you may start to notice subtle signs of aging… things like fine lines or uneven skin tone. An antioxidant moisturizer can help. This is also when the first signs of hair loss may begin to appear. If baldness runs in your family, or if you notice a change in your hairline, consider starting a preventive treatment like minoxidil or finasteride. Both are proven to slow the progression of hair loss and many men agree they work better prior to significant hair loss than afterwards. Now is also the time to get serious about your diet by cutting out saturated fats, salt, refined sugar and adding in more nutrient-dense foods rich in antioxidants and polyphenols.

In Your 40s – Your Window of Opportunity
For almost all men, these years are the turning point between youthfulness and middle aged. Without proper care and maintenance you can miss out on some of your prime years. You will most likely feel your first noticeable dip in energy some time in this decade. In addition to the dietary changes you made in your 30s, supplements can combat this fatigue. B vitamins in particular, found in dark-colored fruits and berries, provide a natural lift in energy while also enhancing cellular regeneration. Cutting down on vices such as smoking and frequent drinking can also boost your energy back up to younger levels. If you haven’t already, make sure to add mild to moderate cardio to your workout routine.

In Your 50s and Beyond – Identify and Attack
By following the maintenance plan for your 20s through 40s, you should make it to your 50s in better-than-average condition. Make sure you stay that way by paying attention to the little signals our bodies give us. A nagging cough that won’t go away is worth a trip to your doctor to make sure it’s not a bigger problem. Be diligent about your conditioning and flexibility and be sure to treat exercise-induced injuries immediately and fully. Address any health issues head-on and you’ll stay well behind your age for all the years to come.

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