Get in touch with your inner hippie
LOOKING for another way to live longer?
Meditation was hip in the '60s and today it's popular among baby boomers who want to slow the aging clock.
Research proves meditation lowers your biological age by more than a decade.
A famous study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that subjects with an average age of 50 years, who had been practicing transcendental meditation for more than five years, had a biological age 12 years younger than their chronological age.
The reasons: they used less oxygen (creating fewer aging free radicals); secreted less stress hormones and had stronger immune systems. Meditation may also help control your vagus nerve - a nerve that updates your brain on the goings-on of your body and has a tendency to overreact - and trigger disease - when things get hectic.
Many people complain they can't meditate but like any other skill, it takes practice.
At first simply find a quiet place, at home, where you can sit and relax. Close your eyes and begin to watch your breath, counting it in and out. Or you can use a mantra, a word you repeat over and over, to help you relax.
Using a relaxation or meditation tape is a good way to start too.