Ahhhhh, the naïveté of youth! When evolving into adulthood, there is this misconception that you have all the time in the world and the realities of aging (ie. coloring your gray hair, obsessing over wrinkles, as well as a slowing metabolism) are exclusively the concerns of your parents/grandparents. It never quite dawns on you that you too, will one day have to face these same issues and decide, consciously, how you will embrace the inevitable. Otherwise, the alternative is to let life happen to you and successful people never allow themselves to be relegated to that way of thinking.
It’s been some time now since I launched The Lady Loves Couture and during that time I’ve had several significant milestones: a fiftieth birthday, the marriage of three of my seven children, one engagement and the birth of four AMAZING grandchildren. One thing I am constantly asked by my faithful followers is what is my secret for maintaining a youthful, vibrant glow. While my regimens and routines vary, there are three foundational principles that I intentionally revisit, especially when life seems to pull me in numerous directions…
1. Forever Young! – I religiously choose to live the age I feel, making sure to take with me all of the valuable life lessons I’ve learned along the way. People often confuse maturing and growing wiser, with growing old. The difference in this way of thinking can be seen in 60, 70, 80, and even 90-year-olds who choose to push beyond stereotypical limitations, keeping up with current events, and leading full active lives (traveling, enjoying new hobbies, taking care of themselves, etc).
2. Juicing & Eating Right! – A few seasons ago my husband had a segment on his show that featured three phenomenal women who looked 10, 15, even 20 years younger than their actual age. A common denominator for each of them was the practice of juicing and managing healthy food intake. For some, juicing every meal is a way of life. While it’s not my practice to juice every day, I do implement it frequently as a part of my diet. Its benefits are remarkable.
3. Working out – Like it or not, exercise is critical to health at any age. Healthy figures cut the appearance of aging, significantly. I am not suggesting that you kill yourself trying to capture the physique of a 21-year-old, but I am suggesting that you identify some reasonable physical fitness goals and commit to them. Strive to look your very best at this age. Trainers are more affordable now than they’ve ever been, offering virtual workouts in addition to DVD’s and one-on-one sessions. But at the very least, identify some form of exercise that you enjoy and practice it at least two to three times a week.
We all have various degrees of discipline. But regardless of whether you practice these principles daily or frequently throughout the month, these simple concepts will definitely improve your state of mind and as a result, your state of being, empowering you to feel younger from the inside out.