We all realize from the time we’re able to think rationally that proper diet and exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. But when you’re older, there is a lot more that you need to focus on. Check out these tips on aging in the article below and see what you may be neglecting.

Switch away from real dairy to dairy substitutes like soy or almond milk. There have been quite a few studies linking dairy products with aging skin. If you want to avoid wrinkles as you age, put down the dairy. The substitutes that are on the market are healthy and tasty so give them a shot.

Try ingesting some Resveratrol. Studies being conducted about the anti-aging effects of calorie-restricted diets are promising. Resveratrol can be found in nuts and grapes and can also have an anti aging effect. Resveratrol in supplements is often derived from Japanese knotweed roots (the Latin name for which is Polygonum cuspidatum or Fallopia japonica). There is also reseveratrol in a south American bush called Senna quinquangulata.

A great tip for healthy aging is to see your doctor regularly. Your doctor has the same goal as you – keeping your body in optimum health. By taking the time to have regular check-ups, you can usually catch small health problems before they turn into big health issues. It is also important to schedule regular eye and dental exams too.

To slow down the aging process, exercise is extremely important. By exercising several times a week, you will help your body keep its muscle strength, stamina, balance and bone density. It is important to include cardio routines as well as strength training sessions, in order to keep the aging process from going too fast.

As you start getting older, your metabolism slows down. So if you aren’t at a weight you are comfortable with now, it will be even harder to keep your weight under control as you age. Take up exercise and get moving regularly, preferably 3 to 4 days a week.

It is good to grow old. Your long life is an achievement. Our commercial culture pushes us toward denial of old age. We are told we should dye our hair, try to look young. But a healthy head of white hair can be worn with pride. You worked long and hard to attain this point in your life!

Learn something new. There’s an old saying that says, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”; it’s a myth. Get out there and take a class or develop a hobby. Not only will it occupy your time. Your brain will get a workout from the new information you’re learning.

You undoubtedly see now that there’s a lot more you should be focusing on than the same things you focused on at 20 years old. Getting older is an entirely new ballgame. Make sure you’re using these tips to fight against the aging process. You can’t beat it, but you can hang in there for a few good rounds.