Having a toned body and beautiful skin is always an asset when it comes to seduction and dating. But fortunately, youth is not only a question of physical appearance. It’s also, above all, a state of mind. Lucky you! The secret recipe to staying youthful at heart (as well as physically) for longer, is natural: eat healthily, stay active, have fun and relax. So, when do you start?

1- Get active

Exercising lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s, as well as reducing stress, and people who work out regularly are usually in better health. Not only will exercising at least 30 minutes a day make you look fit, this will also make you feel better in your body. Walking your dog, having a stroll with your 50+ friends, running or swimming are all great activities you can do to stay active.

2- Eat less and better

Fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and high-fiber foods all form part of a balanced and varied diet, which is essential if you want to remain in good health for longer. Don’t forget to drink at least 8 glasses of fluid every day. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as seafood, salmon, walnuts or spinach also help prevent visible signs of skin aging.

3- Fall in love and have sex

Everyone who has been in love knows it: when you start a relationship, you feel passionate, happy, more confident and you even look more attractive, with your constant smile and your pink cheeks. In short, you look and act younger!

Moreover, having sex with your fifty plus soulmate releases hormones such as oxytocin, which reduce stress and anxiety. On top of that, making love strengthens your immune system, makes you happy and helps you to stay younger for longer. Some researchers even say that having a happy love life can make you look 10 years younger! If you’re single, it’s time to look for a date!

4- Don’t forget the sunscreen

Your skin is precious. You need to protect it with sunscreen every day, even if the sky is cloudy. In fact, some studies show that sunscreen is more efficient than anti-aging cream when it comes to reducing signs of skin aging.

5- Learn to relax

Stress can cause headaches, a weakened immune system, higher risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, chest pain, insomnia as well as anxiety, hostility, and depression – all problems capable of accelerating aging. So, don’t wait any longer and try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or breathing exercises. Doing sport also contributes to reducing stress.

6- Use your brain

Your brain is a muscle that needs to be kept active. Crosswords, Sudoku and memory games, for instance, can contribute to keeping your brain strong and young. You could also take a class to learn a new skill. Why not learn a new language or computing? It’s only beneficial: keeping your mind agile helps keep your cells active and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s.

7- Drink red wine

Next time you have a date with a 50+ match, order a glass of red wine. It appears that resveratrol, a substance found in red wine and grape juice, may reduce the risk of certain conditions associated with old age. In fact, mice that were fed with resveratrol enjoyed better health than those that were not given the compound. They also had stronger bones, a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as fewer liver and cataract problems.

Although it’s still uncertain whether resveratrol is as beneficial to us humans, specialists recommend drinking one glass of red wine (but not more) per day to prevent heart disease. There are worse medicines, right?

8- Try new things and have fun

Trying new things, whether starting painting, engaging in a new physical activity or creating a blog, will help you to feel young at heart. It also contributes to keeping you active and making you happy.

Why not buy tickets to a concert or fly to a new destination? Taking a break from work/home/your routine plays a role in reducing stress. Going on a boat cruise or organized tours where everything is prepared for you is a good idea if you want to avoid the stress of planning your trip from A to Z. It’s perfect to spend a nice time with your senior friends, your mature partner or to meet new interesting people!

9- Meet new people online

A good way to feel young is to do what younger generations do: for instance, use social media and dating websites. Additionally, staying socially active is imperative when it comes to feeling younger. Chatting (and flirting) on the internet is also a great way to spice up your day-to-day life. Also, meeting other seniors online and dating after 50 is a great opportunity to learn new things, all while breaking up your routine.