1 TAKE CARE OF YOUR BONES
Half of all women will break a bone because of a weakened skeleton caused by osteoporosis.
A vitamin D supplement helps promote calcium absorption and bone health.
Weight-bearing exercises such as working out three times a week with light weights can strengthen bones too.
2 DEAL WITH STRESS
Stress contributes to every disease, directly or indirectly. It shrinks the brain and increases the waistline.
So find a way to deal with it. The best option is to try meditation.
However even a few minutes of relaxed deep breathing several times a day can be a big help.
3 FIND EXERCISE YOU LOVE
Regular exercise has many benefits, from improving muscle mass and boosting your mood to helping prevent memory loss.
Just 30 minutes of brisk walking each day can stimulate the growth of new brain cells and cut the risk of heart disease and cancer.
4 BE SUN SMART
The only skincare product that is guaranteed to slow ageing and prevent skin cancer is sunscreen.
Use a broad spectrum cream with a minimum SPF20 every day come rain or shine and increase that to SPF50 when you’re on holiday.
5 GET MORE BEAUTY SLEEP
Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain, weakens the immune system and accelerates ageing.
You need two and a half hours of sleep before it becomes restorative.
Aim for seven hours every night. Also avoid caffeine after 5pm and moderate your alcohol consumption.
6 HAVE REGULAR CHECK-UPS
After the age of 50 you should know your key health statistics including weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and hormone levels.
Have a check-up with your GP and ensure you have regular eye and dental checks too as both can pick up early health warnings.
7 EAT WELL
A balanced diet with fewer refined carbohydrates (anything with sugar and/or white flour) and which features plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts, white meat and fish and smaller quantities of red meat can help you reach a healthy body weight.
8 BE HAPPY
A positive attitude can boost feel-good hormones so laugh more, socialise with friends and enjoy life.
Research shows that a good laugh can help manage stress and prevent the release of damaging hormones in the body.
9 STIMULATE YOUR BRAIN
The brain needs exercising to avoid becoming sluggish so learn a language, read a challenging book or do a daily crossword puzzle.