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Aging changes us. As we trade our youth for maturity, we may have a few more wrinkles, but we often have greater self-acceptance — which brings its own special beauty, especially in our 50s and 60s. At the same time, maintaining healthy habits not only helps us feel young, but also to look our best.

Aging is a double-edged sword when it comes to body image, says psychologist Leslie Heinberg, PhD, Section Head for Psychology in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of Behavioral Services for the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

“On the one hand, we live in a society that values youth, fitness, thinness and muscularity. But as we age, we inevitably move away from that ideal,” she says. “On the other hand, most people become less invested in their appearance as they age. So they feel less pressure to meet that ideal.”

Here are five tips to live a good life, looking and feeling your best:

1. Keep moving (and swing a few barbells around too)

Dr. Heinberg says exercise is the No. 1 way to improve your body and body image as you age. And it’s not just cardiovascular exercise that’s important. You also need weight training.

Working your muscles will not only improve your muscle-to-fat ratio, but will also increase your metabolic rate so your body will burn more calories, even while at rest.

2. Enjoy good food, good sleep and good friends

People who feel healthy tend to have better body images. One thing you can do to improve your overall health is to eat a healthy diet. Eating right plays a key role in helping you maintain a healthy weight — which is another thing that helps boost your body image.

Other key healthy habits include getting a good night’s sleep, drinking plenty of water and maintaining an active social life.

3. Explore hormone therapy options

A lot of the body changes that happen as you age relate to a decrease in certain hormones (e.g., estrogen, testosterone). Hormone replacement therapy can help. But Dr. Heinberg warns that you and your doctor need to weigh the potential risks against the benefits.

If you’re wondering if hormone therapy might be an option for you, talk to your doctor.

4. Consider cosmetic treatments if you like

If you’re struggling with wrinkles and think you’d feel better with some help from a dermatologist, there are wrinkle fillers (e.g., Botox®, Juvederm®) or other dermatologic interventions). Plastic surgery is also an option, but all these are very individual decisions. Realistic expectations are important predictors of satisfaction with these procedures.

5. Give yourself a break

There’s more unnecessary pressure than ever for people in their 50s and 60s to look younger in today’s world. Almost everywhere you look, you’ll see celebrities gracing the covers of magazines to show off how well they’ve aged and you’ll hear how “60 is the new 40.”

While you do things to be healthy that make you feel good, embrace your age. It’s OK to love yourself just as you are.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/06/5-ways-love-body-50s-60s/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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