The Truth of How to Turn 50 or 60 into the New 30 – Part II

In Part I of learning how to make 50 or 60 years old the new 30, I shared with you my experiences in always being taken for much younger than I am. At 33, I am often mistaken for just 21 years old. This is, I believe, because of the lifestyle that I live.

As a personal trainer, I take my health and physical fitness serious and make things like eating well, getting physical activity, and getting enough quality sleep a priority. These things help to slow the aging process, as you have already learned. But there are other things that contribute to the aging process that we will look at next.

There are two other things that play an important role in the body’s aging process. Those are the process of oxidation and glycation. When you understand what each of these are and what you can do to help avoid or slow them down, you can also help to slow down the aging process. Here is what each of these processes are, and what you need to know about them:

Oxidation. The process of oxidation is often dubbed as the “rusting” of the inside of the body, and that is how you should think of it. This happens when free radicals are not kept in check by antioxidants, and they rob the cells of their necessary components. These free radicals, which damage your body’s cells, are created by toxins, stress, smoking, and chemicals in your food. To help avoid oxidation in the body, you should avoid doing things like smoking, find ways to keep stress in check, and pay closer attention to your diet. Focus on eating healthy and eating foods that have a lot of antioxidants, especially fruits and vegetables.

Glycation. This process that helps to age the body is often referred to as the “caramelization” of the body’s cells. Think of it as what makes your piece of bread turn into toast. This is similar to what happens to your cells, and it is caused largely by consuming sugar. Glycation can lead to such aging processes as cataracts, erectile dysfunction, and aging skin. To help avoid glycation in the body, it is important to avoid added sugars.

As you are learning, there are many things that can contribute to the aging process. But the good news is that there are also many things you can do to try to slow the aging process down. As you consider the oxidation and glycation processes in your body’s aging, don’t miss part three as we finish up how baby boomers can slow the aging process and make 50 or 60 the new 30!