Exercise, nutrition can halt ageing

Khanyi Nkosi

Khanyi Nkosi

Growing old and wrinkled is one stage that women dread and would do anything to hold on to their youthful look.

Most have tried every available anti-ageing product in an effort to remain young.

Our in-house nutrition specialist, Mali Ramara, says lack of physical activity and unhealthy lifestyle contribute to the ageing of women before their time.

However, hormonal changes that develop as women grow older is a process that cannot be avoided, but should rather be embraced.

Here is a breakdown of what happens during the ageing process. Nutrition and exercise can slow down ageing.

Body changes during ageing stage:

Skin changes: wrinkles, bags under eyes, double chin, thinner, drier and looser skin.

Body fat increases, loss of muscle mass, reduced muscle strength and endurance.

Reduced cardio-respiratory system - meaning the ability of the heart, lungs, blood vessels to pump blood, utilise oxygen and send nutrients to the body is reduced.

Digestive system slows down.

Exercises that reduce the effect of ageing: walking, swimming, jogging, cycling, running, aerobics, dancing, stair climbing.

Drink lots of water. Include herbal tea in your routine. Dilute your juice and reduce alcohol, tea and coffee.

Eat food that includes red, orange and yellow vegetables.