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What are the secrets to keeping young? The top 40 secrets of the fountain of youth

40 secrets of youth imageArticle by Fabafterfifty

Age is just a number and attitude is everything! So what does make us feel young?

The study of 1,000 over 50?s unveiled the secrets of youth the older generation rely on- with having regular sex, fancying a younger celebrity and being on Facebook all likely to shave off a few years.

Owning an iphone and being on facebook also help, while anyone feeling a bit stale could benefit from knowing what Twitter is, sporting a leather jacket and trying yoga. It seems having a broad and varied life are key.

The research, which was commissioned by leading health and wellbeing mutual organisation Benenden Healthcare, found one in five places faith in a particular food, with broccoli, oats and blueberries offering the health boosts most swear by.

Most of us feel younger than our chronological age

And apparently age is just a number, with the average person claiming their youth secrets lead them to feeling 18 years younger than they actually are.

Paul Keenan, External Affairs Manager for Benenden Healthcare said:

“While a lot of staying young is down to individual attitude, it seems there are many common experiences people turn to reconnect with their youth or feel invigorated day to day.

“Time spent with our younger friends and family members of course gives us a new perspective, while keeping up with technology and social trends clearly has a bearing on how in-touch a person considers themselves.

“And it’s certainly true that things like trying new food, reading challenging books and even playing practical jokes are big contributors to feeling youthful.”

Many of the “older” generation thought staying up past midnight led the rebellious charge towards youthfulness, while eating spicy food and keeping in touch with the local gossip are guaranteed to keep a person fresh.

Using smartphone apps, eating chocolate and having a younger partner all appeared to keep many an over fifty in good nick.

Living a little dangerously is always sure to keep a person young – flirting with a stranger, reading an erotic novel and driving a little fast were all also named in the top 40 secrets.

Laughing is crucial to feeling young

Nine in ten people thought that how old you feel as a person mostly depends on your outlook and attitude to life – 70% also feel it’s crucial to laugh regularly.

Sometimes feeling young means not always playing by the rules- four in ten describe themselves as rebellious, with more than a quarter saying they’ve received ‘a telling off’ while in their fifties.

In fact, it seems 40% of over fifties have trespassed somewhere and a quarter admit they’ve broken the law since hitting half a century.

Playing practical jokes is also deemed important in the battle against old age – while 30% described themselves as risk takers overall.

Three quarters don’t let their age stop them from making an effort to stay up to date by embracing new technology.

“Of course, it’s not so much about feeling young as it is about feeling content in life and making time to do the things that make you happy.

“It can be a serious world and sometimes we can get wrapped up in it too much so it’s important not to lose sight of what keeps you feeling good about yourself.

“Whether that’s dancing, keeping tabs with what’s deemed ‘trendy’ or simply enjoying games with younger relatives, taking time to remember what you enjoy about life is crucial to approaching it in the right way.”

Top 40 secrets to feeling youthful

1.            Trying new food

2.            Surfing the web

3.            Reading books that challenge me

4.            Having sex

5.            Dancing around to music

6.            Having a Facebook account

7.            Going out/ socialising with grown up kids/ grandchildren

8.            Knowing what Twitter is

9.            Eating chocolate

10.          Staying up past midnight

11.          Eating spicy food

12.          Beating younger relatives at games

13.          Keeping up to date with the gossip of people I know

14.          Getting tipsy

15.          Go swimming

16.          Catching the eye of someone younger

17.          Using phone apps

18.          Having a younger partner

19.          Watching the latest cinema releases

20.          Watching the latest television

21.          Eating sweets

22.          Watching stand-up comedy

23.          Going cycling

24.          Having an iPhone

25.          Dancing on a dance floor

26.          Flirting with a stranger

27.          Reading an erotic novel

28.          Watching reality television

29.          Playing practical jokes

30.          Fancying a younger celebrity

31.          Reading magazines that are aimed at younger readers

32.          Driving a car fast

33.          Staying in touch with what celebrities are doing

34.          Yoga class

35.          Zumba class

36.          Wearing a leather jacket

37.          Salsa dancing

38.          Going to a nightclub

39.          Wearing a short skirt

40.          Drink lots of water

I’m hoping my husband will give number 39 a miss – not too sure he has the legs for it!


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  1. Jo Carroll

    June 26, 2013

    A different way of looking at this – It worries me that we subscribe to the construct that young = good and being older = out of touch, less valuable etc – which is clearly what this great site is about.

    All these ideas are great ways to celebrate being alive, however old we are. I’m over 60, and proud of it, do understand twitter and have been known to dance round my kitchen.

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