(NC) As middle age approaches, many of us understand the challenges of fading vision, trying to stay active, and wanting to look and feel as amazing as we did in our twenties. Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep that youthful glow and energy. Try out these five tips and channel your forever young.

1. Eat well: It’s important to make healthy choices and consume a well-balanced diet consisting of whole grains, vegetables, fruit, milk and alternatives, protein, and healthy fats each day. These foods work to provide the body with the energy, vitamins, and minerals it needs to fuel an active lifestyle.

2. Be active: Exercise promotes improved fitness, strength, and mental health, thereby delaying the signs of aging. According to the Canadian physical activity guidelines, being active for at least 150 minutes a week can help reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, premature death, and certain types of cancer.

3. Laugh more: Research shows that laughter is excellent medicine. It reduces blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, and improves blood circulation and oxygen intake.4. Get more sleep: Having a good night’s rest not only feels great — it also lets the body produce more estrogen and progesterone, boosting the skin’s natural repair abilities and resulting in a refreshed look.

5. Lose your readers: Struggling with bothersome glasses in order to read your smartphone, food labels, and restaurant menus? The need for clear vision in the gym, on the field or fairway and on-the-go is vital. But a recent survey shows that almost half of adults say reading glasses not only make someone look older, they also make them feel older.

New technology in eye care is correcting the vision of people with presbyopia, an eye condition that often occurs after age 40 and involves the gradual loss of the eye’s ability to actively focus on close objects. Multifocal contact lenses are an easy and comfortable way to finally ditch your glasses and shed ten years off your appearance. Talk to your doctor or visit loseyourreaders.ca.

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