Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Things I would like to do everyday!

30 Minutes . . . . . . of walking, every day. Do it by yourself, with a friend, or with your dog, but don't even think about skipping it. From an antiaging perspective, that's as bad as pulling an all-nighter. Why? A daily walk builds both the stamina and the mental discipline you need to stick with the rest of your staying-young plan. Let it slip and you'll probably abandon other healthy habits, too.

Add this 20-minute strength-and-stretch workout to your walks for additional armor against aging.

A Few Cups . . . . . . of green tea, every day. Because the leaves are young and haven't been oxidized, green tea has up to 40% polyphenols -- natural chemicals with potent antioxidant properties that are greater than even vitamin C. Just don't add milk: The casein in milk cancels out the beneficial effects. Find out the best way to prepare a pot of green tea.

5 Minutes . . .. . . of meditation, every day. Focused quiet time and nose breathing each day can help you manage chronic stress and its aging effects. How? When air flows through your nostrils, nitric oxide -- the feel-good substance that's found in your nasal cavity -- gets fuel-injected into your system. This helps dilate your arteries so that your blood keeps moving as if it's on an empty country road rather than on an L.A. freeway. Get pointers on practicing meditation and deep breathing.

A Couple Handfuls . . .. . . of walnuts, every day. Have six before lunch and another six before dinner to provide the omega-3 fats you need to strike the best nutritional ratio -- not only to boost your immunity but also to keep inflammation in check. Other ideas: Buy omega-3-enriched eggs; eat fish such as cod, halibut, and trout; or trychia seeds.

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