How to Beat Aging at Its Own Game

By Myles Spar, MD

We all know what it’s like to slowly grow out of every pair of jeans in the closet, spend fifteen minutes looking for the keys (hint: they’re in your pocket), or watch a thick head of hair slowly become a thing of the past. 

Having a tougher time meeting your expectations for your body is completely normal as we age. It’s also completely frustrating.

Though the physical and mental effects of aging are natural, there are also some simple and effective things you can do to give your body and brain a nudge back in the right direction. 

Sleep

Getting adequate, quality sleep every night is one of the best things you can do for your physical—and mental—health. Consistently getting less than seven hours of sleep a night may run you into a sleep deficit, and sleep deficit can affect your energy, ability to lose weight, and brain function. To support healthy sleeping habits, consider investing in a sleep tracker like the Oura ring or Whoop band, so you can measure how much REM, deep, and light sleep you’re getting. When it comes to lifestyle changes, avoid caffeine after 3 PM, and excessive alcohol two-to-three hours before bedtime. Finally, do a nightly blue-light detox—that means no phones, laptops, or TV before bedtime.

Diet

Gone are the days of eating whatever we wanted. For most of us, getting older means a progressive slowdown of our metabolic rate. But changing what you put into your body—and how often—can have a significant impact on your body composition, energy levels, and even life expectancy. Incorporating whole, predominantly plant-based foods is one way to start optimizing your diet. Another popular strategy is intermittent fasting, which can be effective for weight loss, reducing blood sugar, and increasing lifespan. Or, to make things really simple, increase your intake of green tea. A recent study found that green tea contains a compound which may help boost metabolism while increasing the calories you burn each day.

Vault

When all else fails, or whenever you need extra support in reaching your physical or mental goals—there’s always Vault’s Performance Kits. Designed to optimize targeted areas of your health, including body composition, brain and mental clarity, and libido, our personalized, doctor-recommended treatment plans can help get you where you want to go.

Getting older can be tough, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. At the end of the day, keeping yourself youthful in the short-term all comes down to setting yourself up for great health and well-being in the long-term.

DISCLAIMER: This article is for general information purposes only, does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be relied upon for medical diagnosis or treatment.  If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911 or contact a medical provider immediately.  Consistent with Vault Health, Inc.’s website privacy policy, Vault Health, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content found at links to other websites.

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