If you think today’s 60 year olds are looking more 50 than 60, and you think today’s 50 year olds look more 40 than 50, you’d be right!
The baby boomer generation – those people born between the years 1946 and 1964 – are a lot younger than those of generations before them. And it’s because they are very conscious of living well. The baby boomers want to enjoy life to the max, and that’s why they embrace things that make them look good and feel good.
And the same goes for doing things that make them appear more youthful.
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In recent years, we saw former US Presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton turn 60. Actress Demi Moore also turned 47 late last year. But you simply wouldn’t know it! Demi looks ever youthful, and the former presidents are hard to keep up with, when it comes to how active they are.
Bush is an active lover of fitness – running on average about three miles, four times each week. It’s also been noted that he is a routine cross-trainer with an elliptical trainer, free weights and swimming. In 2001, according to website Doctor Zebra, he could run a mile in about 7-8 minutes. His own physicians put him in the top 2 per cent of men his own age, when it comes to cardio fitness. He’s in great shape.
And take a look at Madonna! She is into her 52nd year and has an incredible fitness and nutrition regime. She consumes a macrobiotic diet (vegetables and protein-rich foods) and works out not just once a day – but all throughout the day. Exercise for her may include cycling, swimming or martial arts. In addition, she practices Ashtanga Yoga and will do Pilates daily as well.
It’s really hard to believe these celebrities are in fact the ages they are, because they certainly do not look it!
And you don’t have to be a celebrity to make yourself younger!
According to Dr. Robert Butler of the International Longevity Center, there are things we can do today to be more youthful. He recommends stopping smoking completely, cutting down on alcohol, paying attention to portion control and exercise.
And he knows a thing or two about this, given that he is a doctor, but also because he is now into his 80’s, yet works 60+ hours a week, exercises daily, has a very active family life and still sees patients who insist on seeing him.
“I love what I’m doing and I just can’t imagine being retired,” he was quoted as saying on Agingresearch.org. “There’s too much to do.”
So if becoming younger is something you’re keen on doing, be sure to read the articles I have coming up. We’re focusing on ageing and how you can reverse the trend to live your life to the full – no matter what year you were born!