The 5 Secrets To A Longer Life
In our fast living, high-pressure society, there's no doubt we are working harder, longer hours and facing more stress than ever before. But speaking with gorgeous health guru and Kate Marie, who co-wrote "Fast Living, Slow Ageing" and "Slow Ageing Guide To Skin Rejuvenation" with Professor Merlin Christopher Thomas, we could be doing ourselves a huge favour by slowing down. Kate believes we are increasingly under pressure to perform both at work and at home with things such as emails, social media and smartphones taking over our lives.
According to Kate, we are paying the price by making simple daily mistakes which could easily be avoided. While there is no 'miracle cure-all' solution to stop ageing, she says we could be doing a lot more to slow it down.
With all this in mind, Kate has kindly shared her top five tips to slow down the ageing process.
The biggest myth around ageing is that it can be stopped when it can't.
"The cosmetic industry has a lot to answer for because creams won't stop ageing."
We need to embrace ageing and not just accept aches and pains are us getting older but take steps to change our diets and find triggers which can set off genetic conditions such as osteoarthritis.
The first step is essential but is a significant food sin, not eating your fruit and vegetables. Anything "masquerading as food" should be avoided.
"Packaged food is full of chemicals which can cause major hormone disruption."
Added hormones in food aren't just bad for ageing but can play havoc with your body, too.
Resistance training, such as weights or reformer Pilates is the secret to a successful exercise program. It's great for bones, great for muscle mass and is crucial to good health.
But many women remain scared of resistance training for fear of bulking up when in reality we all need to be doing more of it, since building muscle also burns fat for up to 72 hours afterwards.
Resistance training is a great way to burn fat, build muscle and will keep your bones younger and healthier.
It's no secret increased stress leads to higher blood pressure and the inability to switch off. We are moving so fast we're losing focus and not living enough in the moment. It has been proven that not switching off and stress are major inhibitors to sleep.
"Exercise can a great stress buster even if you do a few push ups or take a ten-minute walk, it's all about taking a break."
Sleep and relaxation
The key to achieving both sleep and relaxation is to retrain the brain.
People are sleeping with phones, lights and TVs on. They are robbing themselves of essential shut eye and the opportunity to have a great night's sleep. Sleep is not only good for the mind, but it's also great for the skin and your mood.
Learning to meditate is a guaranteed way to achieve better sleep. Meditation will not only help you relax but keep your brain active and your thoughts clearer.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.