The Effect of Diet and Exercise On Age Perception

a mom and her daughter exercise indoors while having fun

Nothing will stop the effects of time. People age and our bodies change. However, we often tend to perceive ourselves and others as older because of controllable factors, such as poor health. Fortunately, there are things we can do to improve our well-being that will help us look and feel like more youthful versions of ourselves.


The mindful practice of yoga can have a profound and positive effect on even the most stressed individuals. While yoga is not the only form of exercise that has positive benefits, it’s one that has been studied extensively – proven to encourage better sleep, relieve anxiety, and even decrease back pain.

The truth is that any form of exercise, whether aerobic or anaerobic, is good for the body. Staying fit keeps your weight in check, can help purify your body from the inside out, and will have a profound effect on the way your body processes oxygen with age. A good rule of thumb is to plan for approximately 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous or moderate aerobic activity each week.

Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to stay motivated to exercise. Although you know you must remain active, there are a few ways to trick yourself into doing so without it feeling like a chore. One idea is to invest in tools that help you track your progress. A smartwatch is a useful accessory. This is a good choice because it can help you monitor your oxygen levels and show you how active you are each day. A smart scale is also a must-have. Not only will it help you keep track of your weight, but it calculates your BMI and body fat composition, too, so you stay on top of your weight goals more accurately.

Finally, consider setting up a small area in your home where you can exercise without distraction. You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to your routine; a corner of a room where you can move freely will work just fine. However, regardless of whether you transform an entire room into a haven for exercise or simply decide to work out in the living room, make sure you keep the area as clean as possible. This will help you avoid injury and reduce the type of stress and anxiety that clutter and disorganization can cause.


While exercise is crucial, it will only take you so far in your quest to feel younger and more energetic. The other missing piece of the puzzle is diet.

Healthcare professionals often assert that humans were meant to eat whole foods. There is a good reason for this. Foods in their whole and natural state are more easily processed by the body. Without artificial colors, flavorings, and sugars, we are less likely to experience side effects of processed foods, including premature wrinkling. Whole foods include things like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Harvard University recommends a number of superfoods for a healthy diet, including berries, fish, and olive oil. These types of foods provide antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E, respectively. Each of these nutrients will help your body remain healthy, which will greatly affect how you feel about yourself.

Other ways to feel your best

Diet and exercise are great first steps toward living a better life. But if you want to enhance your overall physical and mental well-being, there are many other actions you can take. These include:

  • Wear sunscreen. UV rays damage the skin by degrading collagen and triggering dryness and wrinkles. You’ll feel better about your appearance simply by taking care of the delicate skin on your face.
  • Spend time with people you love. Spending all of your time alone is a nearly surefire way to experience a decline in health. Forge bonds with people who make you happy, and make a point to spend time with these people regularly.
  • Be mindful of your actions. Everything you do each day contributes to how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Do everything with intention and be mindful of each action you take to interact with the world around you.
  • Get a massage. If you need to unwind after a long day at work or you want a little relief from your workout routine, book a session with Californian Massage. Our technique can have a profound effect on the deepest levels of the body-mind system, which can help promote self-healing.

Age is much more about how you look than how you feel. However, when you take steps to ensure that you feel your best, your outside appearance will reflect this dedication to wellness. Start with diet and exercise because both of which will propel you in the right direction.

Dana Brown
of Health Conditions

EVER SO LONELY – Monsoon feat. Sheila Chandra


Ever So Lonely is a single written by Steve Coe and originally recorded by Monsoon with Sheila Chandra on vocals. The song went on to be a #12 hit in the UK in April 1982, staying for nine weeks on the chart.
It was a hit in the UK, Europe and Australia but was never released as a single in the USA.
Sheila Chandra was aged only 16 and had just left school when her first single was a hit.

Topography of Tears: your emotions are also impressed here


The Topography of Tears is a study of 100 tears photographed through an optical microscope. The project began in a period of personal change, loss, and copious tears. One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness – and I set out to explore them up close, using tools of science to make art and to ponder personal and aesthetic questions.

Years later, this series comprises a wide range of my own and others’ tears, from elation to onions, as well as sorrow, frustration, rejection, resolution, laughing, yawning, birth and rebirth, and many more, each a tiny history.

The random compositions I find in magnified tears often evoke a sense of place, like aerial views of emotional terrain. Although the empirical nature of tears is a chemistry of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series is like an ephemeral atlas.

Roaming microscopic vistas, I marvel at the visual similarities between micro and macro realms, how the patterning of nature seems so consistent, regardless of scale. Patterns of erosion etched into earth over millions of years may look quite similar to the branched crystalline patterns of an evaporated tear that took less than a minute to occur.

Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as a rite of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis: shedding tears, shedding old skin. It’s as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.

I’m pleased if my artwork has something to add to a larger conversation, and if public interest helps motivate scientific inquiry that ultimately leads to deeper insight about the language and content of our tears. Then it’s the best meeting of art and science. I’m not making any scientific claims in my work though, nor any declarations about anything except perhaps the poetry of life.

© Rose-Lynn Fisher 2013-2015

Naturism & a real social life.

the sl naturist

I was at a (pop) concert recently and was surprised by the number of people living the experience ‘second hand’. That is, they were mainly watching it through the screens of their smart phones!

Look at any bus queue, sit on any public transport, and we’re all addicted to the devices, texting, surfing the net, and unaware of our surroundings, unaware of the life going on around us.

Go to a sports arena and it’s the same. Rather than watching the game, we’re texting friends to say how good the game is (how do we know, faces buried in our phones?).

I guess there are some remaining areas where the smartphone takes second place in life. I’d imagine out on the golf course might be one, where the players mark their cards, take their shots or walk with their buggies. For the duration of the game, they’re focused on the…

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