An active love life, yoga and drinking red wine are among the top 40 things which keep you feeling young, according to new research.
The poll of 1,500 over-65s also revealed singing along to music, spending time with younger people and doing puzzles was important.
And when it comes to how you feel on the inside, the outside really does matter. Wearing whatever clothes you like, treating yourself to a nice haircut and keeping physically active also appear on the list of ways to help keep you feeling young and spritely.
Eight in 10 people approaching retirement believe in the phrase ‘you’re only as young as you feel. 78% of them claim to feel younger than the number on their last birthday card. Getting older is inevitable but ageing is optional!
The research was commissioned by Fairy Non-Bio and found, on average, respondents feel around nine years younger than they actually are. Three quarters put this down to keeping a positive mental attitude, while just under half thank a healthy lifestyle.
Older Brits think their physical appearance has a lot to say about the age they feel, with more than half admitting they’ve changed their style and clothing choices as they aged.
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Almost a third now favour softer fabrics such as cotton to avoid irritating their skin, and 46 per cent opt for looser fitting clothes. A quarter of older people wear far fewer bold patterns and prints than they did in their youthful heyday.
Over 50% of Over 65s confess to finding their skin has increased in sensitivity as they’ve got older. And some of the top ways to try and combat this include changing their soap or washing powder or trying different styles of clothing.
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THE TOP 40 THINGS WHICH KEEP YOU FEELING YOUNG:
2. Thinking positively
3. Staying positive
4. Getting enough sleep
5. Getting your five-a-day
6. Spending time with family
7. Keeping up a hobby
8. Drinking lots of water
9. Going on holiday
10. Spending time with friends
12. Trying new things regularly
13. Doing puzzles
14. Smiling lots
15. Active love life
16. Reading books
17. Spending time with people younger than yourself
18. Having a pet
19. Singing to music
20. Listening to music
21. Having time to yourself
23. Wearing whatever clothes you like
25. Taking up new hobbies
26. Doing yoga
28. Using suncream
29. Eating super fruits
30. Treating yourself to nice haircuts
31. Drinking red wine
33. Colouring your hair
34. Taking naps
35. Drinking green tea
37. Going to gigs or live events
39. Getting massages
40. Keeping up with fashion trends