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Tired of low energy? Unhappy with your weight? Each year, "getting in shape" weighs in as the most popular New Year's resolution. A gym membership and a trip to the health food store are a great start to achieving that goal. But really looking and feeling great require a more comprehensive approach. If you aren't sure where to begin, here are ten Positively Ageless tips to a healthier you, from head to toe.
Get physical. Depending on your overall health, you should have a physical exam every 1 to 5 years from age 30 onward. After 65, you should have an exam annually. The tests your health provider orders will depend on your history. Generally, your work-up will include a blood pressure check, a blood test, and sometimes urinalysis. Ask your doctor which biomarker exams may be beneficial to you. Be sure to record all values in your journal to serve as your baseline. You can track your progress over weeks, months, and years.
Get a face-lift-for your kitchen. The contents of your fridge and cupboards mirror your health. If your shelves are loaded with sugar and white stuff-chips, crackers, microwave popcorn packets (with oil and "flavorings")-and your freezer is filled with ice cream treats, it's time to take out the garbage. Remember, the prize for eating white stuff, processed foods, and soft drinks is a ticket on the Wrinkle Express. Toss the junk and make room for your new best friends. The prize for eating Positively Ageless foods is a slow ride to a healthy longevity.
Load up on antioxidants. When you shop with your Positively Ageless list in hand, you can more easily restock your antiaging arsenal with wholesome foods and ingredients, and you'll be less likely to buy the junk you used to eat. These are your most important purchases. What you put in that shopping cart now predicts your health and longevity later. Once you know where to find all you need in the supermarket and local health food stores, you'll be set. You won't have to go scouting again.
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