“I remember the moment I first became aware of aging. I was 30. I looked down at my knees, and the skin above them had become a little loose. And I thought, ‘And so it begins!’ Kate Christensen
It’s a sad fact of life that, as we get older, various bits of our bodies that used to be bouncy and perky tend to gravitate south; what were once high round globes are now more like the balloons that someone forgot to take down a week after a party!
Fortunately there are things that we can to ‘perk’ ourselves up. Eating the right foods and doing the right exercises won’t give you the body of a 20 year old super model but they will help you to look as good as you possibly can.
As we get older the collagen in our skin starts to break down and our bodies are just not as good at repairing the damage as when we were younger so we need to think about what we can eat to encourage collagen production. Essentially we need to load up on foods that contain the vitamins which do exactly that, namely, A, C and E. So, from the top:
For foods that are rich in vitamin A think green and orange; we should definitely be adding dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, to our shopping baskets as well as sweet potatoes and carrots if we want to boost our vitamin A intake. We should also be eating more eggs and, love it or hate it, beef liver.
To up vitamin C levels think fruit; citrus fruits, strawberries and kiwi are fantastic sources!
Vitamin E is another collagen booster and it’s found in green leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes as well as avocado but, for a real boost, add a small handful of almonds to daily food intake.
Once we’ve sorted out what we can put into our bodies to help our skin retain its elasticity we need to focus on what we can do to firm our muscles so that we have a better chance at fighting gravity……
Walking will certainly to keep the muscles in our lower bodies toned but, if we want to target saggy bums specifically, we need to think about squats, clams and bridges. If it’s an uplift for our boobs that we are looking for then our exercise regime needs to include planks, push ups and bench presses.