We all know that exercise is good for our overall health and appearance, but did you know that it can even slow the aging process? Even with all of its benefits, it is far too often the first thing we sacrifice when life gets hectic. But in order to maintain our health, vitality, and our ideal body, it’s imperative that we keep physical activity at the top of our list of priorities. It is never too late to start reaping the rewards of exercise. Building activity into our daily lives now will substantially reduce our susceptibility to injury, disease, and signs of aging as the years go by.
Exercise is essential to aging well. Physical activity enhances mood, relieves stress and improves sleep. It can help with balance, greatly reducing the risk of falls and broken bones as we get older (our bones become more fragile as we age, so this is crucial). Studies have shown that staying physically active even slows aging of the brain, more effectively than activities such as crossword and logic puzzles. (Skeptical? Read this article about the effects of exercise on the aging brain.) And perhaps the most immediate benefit of staying fit? It keeps us looking fab! Toned muscles, younger looking skin, flatter abs, and for that matter – more confidence!
The benefits of exercise are proven. We all need to make getting and staying physically fit a priority in our busy lives. But we also need to keep in mind that fitness is a journey, not a destination. It is critical that we set goals, stay realistic, and always keep a pace that is right for our bodies.
Let’s not forget that no matter how well we take care of ourselves, in the end nature always has its say. The fact is, we may never achieve the ideal body we’re looking for. Cellulite just has a way of creeping up on us. And there’s that thing we call gravity… all the squats in the world may not bring us back the derrière we had in our 20’s. Luckily, with today’s advances in technology, we don’t necessarily have to settle. Procedures like body contouring, tummy tucks, liposuction and the like, are all secret weapons we can utilize to fight back against the aging process if we choose. After all, we put in all that effort, didn’t we? We earned the body of our dreams!
Whether we let nature take its course, or cosmetic procedures come in to play, the most important thing is to love ourselves, and be comfortable in our own skin. Our health and our inner beauty are always what matter most.
Austin-based Plastic Surgeon Dr. Elisabeth Potter and her team of aesthetic care professionals want you to feel beautiful inside and out, no matter what your age. If you are thinking about a cosmetic procedure to achieve the body of your dreams, they will be happy to discuss the various options available and address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact them here or call 512-324-2765 to discuss your options.