Ageing Well is a combination of many things and my guest in the Ageing Well in August series believes although we can’t turn back the clock we can look to some tools to help us enjoy life and Age Well. I recently met Bete Probst and she certainly is proof that ageing can be a very positive experience. She is a ‘live wire’ and with her beautiful smile is someone who doesn’t let age define her. Beate has a question for us today – Are you Opting Out of Ageing? I know she is and you can connect with Beate through her website and social media links at the end of this post.
If you had a time machine, what age would you travel to? I’m guessing you went back in time to when you were younger, as many of us would choose to do. The majority of people fear ageing and its seemingly unavoidable effects- wrinkles, hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, back pain… and other “Oh crap… I’m getting old!” stereotypes. I’m sure you have a handful of your own aches and pains to add to that list.
While I can’t offer you a time machine, I can give you the tools you need to become one. Take a second and re-read that last sentence. I’m not lying, and you’re not dreaming, I promise.
With the right actions, your body can stop its biological clock in its tracks, reverse the effects of time, and shave years off your biological age.
Unfortunately, I can’t help you to reduce your number of orbits around the sun- aka chronological age. But who cares if you’re technically 80 if you feel like you’re 30 again?
Eat Real and Simple Foods
What we eat has a massive impact on how we feel. Over time, our diets can set us up for optimal health, or severely impede our functioning. I suggest eating real and simple foods to be sure you’re giving your cells what they need to operate at their best. This results in feeling more energized, reduced or improved health conditions, and more strength. That said, I should warn you: prioritizing a healthy diet might include forfeiting refined sugar in your morning coffee. Please don’t shoot the messenger!
Reduce Your Stress, Manage What Remains
Your stress will age you unless you learn how to minimize it as much as possible, and of course, healthily cope with whatever is unavoidable. Physiologically, stress causes you to lose bone density, pause digestion, skew hormone production, and more. Psychologically, stress may cause you to cope using unhealthy behaviours like overeating, eating unhealthy foods, smoking, drinking, not exercising or avoiding socializing.
There’s a reason people joke about “going grey” from their stress! It accelerates your biological clock like nothing else.
Get Adequate and High Quality Sleep
We all know that we should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep, but so few of us actually do. Even if you are a person who sleeps enough, you may still feel exhausted because you’re not getting good quality sleep. For example, if you have a noisy or bright sleeping environment, or don’t have a regular bedtime or nighttime routine, you’re likely to feel as drained as ever no matter how much you sleep. Take time to practice sleep hygiene so that your 8 hours is time well-spent. Here’s a bonus for any nap-lover out there:
sleep relieves stress, so don’t let anyone make you feel bad about your daily nap!
You don’t have to yell and grunt in an expensive gym with fancy equipment and a fitness coach to be active. Walking, cycling, stretching, and other low to medium impact exercises can make a big difference to your body without causing harm or being too intimidating to attempt.
You’ll notice increased energy, strength, balance, and coordination. You also get a psychological boost of happy hormones to boot!
Find What Makes You Feel Young Again
Perhaps this is the most important of all biological ageing tools. I highly recommend finding an activity that makes you feel like you’re still in your prime age. Biological ageing is partially a mental game, so make sure you’re investing in activities that make you think, behave, and believe that you’re younger. For some, this could mean having a vibrant social life, for others, it could be playing with their grandchildren or cooking a fancy dinner. I encourage you to discover what your young soul is craving and to nourish it.
There are many ways to become younger, so there’s bound to be an action that appeals to you. The more actions you adopt, the faster time will fly (backwards, of course!). These behaviours are not expensive, outrageous, or difficult. They merely require you to invest in your health so that you can reap the benefits.
Think about it- you can feel like a 30 year old but still take advantage of a senior’s discount at the store. That’s the life if you ask me!
My name is Beate Probst certified FNE, HWLE, founder & CEO of Be-At-Ease Solutions and I help woman reverse their body ageing process with the help of real nutrition, exercise, support, motivation and accountability.
I live by my own motto “Train in any mood, Lift at any age & Live to tell what happens” Loosing 50 lbs myself and keeping it off for over a decade has helped me develop tools to overcome stubborn weight gain especially during hormonal changes, that I’m now passing on to my clients who are crushing their weight loss journey way into their 60’s and beyond.
In addition to being a Holistic Weigh Loss Expert and personal Online Trainer, I’m a mindset mentor and empower woman to embark on a journey of self awareness and self love also recognizing that their weight loss is a side effect of an already beautiful woman. (I also appeared on various podcast’s sharing my journey about improving my health and fitness)
Connect with Beate
Website (I have a very interesting quiz on my website landing page called “real age quiz)