retired coupleRecently, I felt like we have been given a reprieve on how easy it is to get in shape and stay in shape. Experts are now saying 30 minutes a day of walking can do wonders. Ten minutes of stretching a day and ten minutes of weights three times a week is enough to keep bones strong. And the piece de resistance ten minutes in the sun, without sunscreen, is actually now considered a requirement to aid in Vitamin D production.

In retirement, I figure I should always have time to do the things to keep me in shape, but unfortunately, when I look in the mirror, I can see that working out is not always enough.

There are things that age you and there are things that you can do to help. When you reach the age of retirement, you are probably no longer a kid, but there are age appropriate changes you can make that will make you seem younger to the outside world and yourself.

Number one is to start with the basics and that means new underwear. The other day in my yoga class, a fellow yogi was doing a Downward Dog with her granny panties showing. Not a flattering look and one that screams it is time for an overhaul. Start with basics and that means updating undergarments.

Next starting at the top, when was the last time you changed your hairstyle? If you are still sporting the Farrah Fawcett waves of yesteryear, it is time for an honest assessment from a friend, or perhaps, it is time to try a new hair stylist. And gray hair? Get rid of it. It is easier than ever with great new hair color products available at drug stores. And get some bangs. Once you reach a certain age, almost everyone looks better with a little face framing fringe.

Skin is one of the most tell-tale features of aging and one that probably has the most products out there to help. Sunscreen is still a necessity for the face and more than ten minutes in the sun can cause damage. However, there are tinted moisturizers with sunscreen that are easy to apply and make a huge difference in your appearance. Also, there are now microdermabrasion kits available in the drug store that can really help with cell turnover. And don’t forget the body. Lumps and bumps are always less noticeable with leg tanning spray. Plus it gives you an opportunity to forego pantyhose; especially the ones with a reinforced toe. And speaking of toes, manicured nails are always a way to stay ahead of the aging game.

And last but not least, teeth. Dental hygiene is so much easier now with the home whitening kits and great looking teeth can make you look and feel great.

There are many things you can and should do to look better because the benefits of looking better are not superficial. The better you look, the better you feel.

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