4 professionals to help you age gracefully

4 professionals to help you age gracefully

It’s an unavoidable part of life — like death and taxes. Aging, the obvious sign of getting older, happens to us all. Unwelcome warning signs creep in quickly and sometimes unexpectedly, as wrinkles appear and weight gain becomes harder to ward off.

But waging war against aging doesn’t have to be a fruitless battle. There are a variety of ways to age gracefully as more and more candles brighten your birthday cake.

And you don’t have to do it alone. Plenty of lifestyle health providers can offer help in your quest to combat aging and keep a younger look than your years. Here are a few ways to get started:

Fitness trainers: There’s nothing quite as good for your body as regular workouts. As you age, tuning up with physical fitness becomes increasingly important. But keeping to a schedule and knowing how to train can be difficult.

A professional trainer can help you modify your exercise routine to meet your body’s needs and maximize your goals and time considerations. It’s also becoming a popular option. The number of members looking for personal trainers on Angie’s List increased 27 percent in 2011.

Dietitians: What’s a good workout without a lean diet to match? A proper diet adds energy to your day and promotes overall health. As you age, hitting your target weight gets harder, and extra pounds can have a negative impact on your health.

Hiring a dietitian or nutritionist can help you make lifestyle and nutritional changes that will help you reduce your blood sugar, cholesterol levels and weight, often without the need for medicine. We are more at risk for developing devastating diseases — such as diabetes — if diet gets out of control.

Massage therapists: Part of aging gracefully is not taking life so seriously and few things are as therapeutic as a massage. Our members have reported numerous benefits associated with massage therapy, including reducing stress, restoring energy, healing injuries and vanquishing certain toxins.

You can find certified specialists on Angie’s List who focus on a variety of massage techniques such as craniosacral, deep tissue, geriatric, myofascial, prenatal, Swedish and trigger points.

Skin care: To keep your skin looking younger, you need to protect it from the sun. A dermatologist can help you improve the look of your skin and recommend safe products that won’t dry out or damage it.

If you’re looking for other ways to reduce signs of aging, talk to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon about laser treatments, dermal fillers and Botox injections to minimize wrinkles. Med spas and day spas also may offer these services, along with facials and body wraps that exfoliate, purify and hydrate the skin.

So start searching. There’s a lot to gain by adding a few providers in your life to keep you looking good — and perhaps more importantly, feeling good. We’re all going to start showing our age. Even if you can’t avoid crow’s feet, it’s OK to let some signs of aging wait a few years.

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