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Middle age becomes, for many, a point of acceptance. This is not an obnoxious realisation, or the thought that they are better than anyone else, it’s just an acceptance of themselves for who they are, just the way they are. Or, to put it another way, a meeting of mind, heart, body and ego.

And the good news is, that when you accept yourself fully, you are in control and can make decisions to change or alter any aspect of your life. So, if you want to get rid of those bad habits, or change your physical appearance (without resorting to surgery), when you hit mid-life, you find the power within you to make those changes for you, and no one else.

What aspect of my life can I change?

From getting fit to losing those bad habits, you can alter any aspect of your life.

With age comes the wisdom that it doesn’t matter how long it takes, or if we’re the best, the only person judging you, is you. Worrying about what others think of you is futile as they’re too busy sorting their own lives out.

With your new found confidence and enthusiasm, you can change your talk and your walk.

Whatever it is that you wish to change in your life first needs to be acknowledged, then nurtured and then maintained. Look in the mirror and become your reflection’s best friend.

You are your new hobby, and it’s time to put as much effort into liking and caring for yourself as you do for all the other important people in your life.

Making you your new hobby, may help reduce stress

The simple act of beginning to appreciate yourself means that you stop relying on outside sources of ego boosting. This, in turn, helps you to enjoy each and every day that little bit more.

Not sure about that? Then try this little exercise. Keep a notebook next to your bed, and before you go to sleep write down five things that you did that day that you can compliment yourself about, e.g., not eating biscuits with your coffee, remembering an important date without being reminded. Do this for two weeks and see whether your stress levels reduce.

The other upside for writing these compliments down each night is that you may find yourself sleeping better as a result.

The more you can compliment yourself, the easier it becomes to compliment other people.

Look after your health …

… and the rest will take care of itself.

As you reach mid-life you realise you can’t stop the march of time, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it, sit back and not do anything about it.

The marketplace is filled with promises of eternal youth and products that claim to stop or reverse the effects of aging. Then, of course, there’s the knowledge that these days many worn-out body parts can be replaced, albeit at a cost.

Or you could just try something a little bit different.

4 radical anti-aging concepts

Can we literally make our own body clocks tick a little bit slower?

Well, apparently if you’re prepared to try some ‘radical’ ideas, it might just be possible. (Note the word ‘might’!)

Getting ‘radical’ in your approach to aging is a process that starts within ourselves.

It’s the power of your intention, a measure of your will and saying to yourself, with conviction: “I want this to be!” Or in the words of Jean Luc Picard, make it so.

Once you have stated your intention, you have to strongly believe that it is possible.

Once you commit to those beliefs, then you are capable of achieving the remarkable in mind and body. All you have to do is challenge yourself and your perceptions of who you are.

Here are the 4 radical tips:

Fire walking

What does walking on fire have to do with anti-aging?

Fire walking has been practised for thousands of years, and yes, it might not reduce the number of wrinkles you have, but it’s about mind/body transformation and questioning the laws of nature.

As such, it is a powerful metaphor for anti-aging and way to challenge yourself to look beyond what you think is possible.

Breath work

Breath work has become very popular in recent years, and for good reason.

Breathing is a natural, involuntary activity that we do day in, day out, without thinking.

But the power of breath is enormous.

By becoming conscious of how we breathe and then consciously breathing using a simple yogic breathing technique can have a cleansing and healing effect on all levels of our awareness; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Breath work is also the quickest method to help us heal from previous traumas, negative belief systems and the unwanted baggage that we all, unconsciously, carry around with us.

Fasting

Fasting is perhaps the most powerful anti-aging tip.

Whether it’s 24-hours or 4 days, fasting helps your body reset itself.

Intermittent fasting is another popular fasting method where you work by the rule of 16:8. You fast for 16 hours and only eat in the 8 hours. For example, you stop eating at 6pm and then ‘break your fast’ at 10am the following morning. The good thing about intermittent fasting is that it doesn’t feel like you’re fasting for the simple fact you’re asleep for most of it.

A word of caution though, if you are thinking about doing any kind of fast, it’s always best to check with a medical practitioner first.

Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is simple, effective and can set the stage for you to stretch beyond your set limitations, and under hypnosis your unconscious self is very open to change and can literally set aside any limiting beliefs you may have that are interfering with your ability to change.

That’s all very well and good, but how this help with the aging process?

Here’s where it might get a bit woo-woo.

Our bodies are constantly creating new and healthy cells to replace old, damaged ones, and every new cell gets its replacing instructions from the DNA in the old cell. So if our DNA has a new blueprint that programs the new cells with the healthiest and youngest information possible, the body’s cell memories will change.

This process is called cell transformation, and hypnosis could be a powerful tool to tell our body’s cells to be younger.

Mind/body connection produces over 14 million hits on Google, so there’s got to be something in it, right?

Whatever it is, you can take control of your health and wellbeing. You don’t have to spend a fortune on anti-aging products in an attempt to stave off the inevitable.

Simply making the right choices when it comes to diet and exercise will help. Protecting yourself against the sun’s rays, quitting smoking and reducing stress will also help take years off your appearance.

If you’re interested in improving your health and fitness, but the thought of the gym leaves you, why not give Combat Arts a try? With small group classes and 1-2-1 personal training we’ve got you covered. Email gordon@combatartsuk.com to discuss your needs today.

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