Top 10 Ways to Make Your RealAge Younger

Take vitamin D.

Find out how to look younger and feel your best.

1 / 10 Take vitamin D.

Vitamin D is vital for your memory, skin, heart, bones, and arteries, and it helps fight off cancer. Yet 75% of people don't get enough D. Getting enough vitamin D daily (1,000 mg; 1,200 mg after age 60) can make your RealAge 1.35 years younger for women, 0.17 years younger for men.

Read more about this powerful antiaging vitamin.

Medically reviewed in April 2018.

Watch your numbers.

2 / 10 Watch your numbers.

Keeping your waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol in the healthy zone dramatically reduces your risk of many problems, including cardiovascular disease. The combined effect? Huge. It can make your RealAge as much as 10.3 years younger.

Find out whether your numbers are in the healthy range. Take the RealAge Test.

Stay in touch.

3 / 10 Stay in touch.

Reach out to family and friends through e-mails, phone calls, and, whenever you can, face-to-face visits. Staying connected can make your RealAge 1.3 years younger.

Find out why friendships are good for you.

Be fruity and nutty.

4 / 10 Be fruity and nutty.

Fruits and nuts are a tasty, satisfying way to keep your heart, mind, and waistline healthy. Eating 4 to 5 servings of fruit and a handful of nuts daily can make your RealAge 1.3 years younger.

See whether your diet is keeping you young. Take the RealAge Test.

Keep stress in check.

5 / 10 Keep stress in check.

Stress comes in many shapes, sizes, and strengths -- some of it good. But the bad kind ages you inside and out. Reducing bad stress with meditation or other relaxation techniques can make your RealAge 2.4 years younger.

Try these speedy ways to pull the plug on stress.

Go for whole grains.

6 / 10 Go for whole grains.

Unprocessed grains have more fiber and nutrients, which help fend off disease and keep your weight healthy. Eating 5+ servings of whole grains a day can make your RealAge 0.8 years younger.

Read more about what makes whole grains so good for you.

Think happy thoughts.

7 / 10 Think happy thoughts.

Positive moods and a good attitude help your body's vital systems stay in balance. Staying upbeat can make your RealAge 1.1 years younger.

Find out what makes people happy, what doesn't, and what you can do to live a full and happy life.

Step to it.

8 / 10 Step to it.

A daily 30-minute walk is one of the best ways to keep your bones, blood pressure, waistline, joints, energy, arteries, and attitude young -- but the benefits are so broad that they're hard to calculate. For example, if daily walks help keep your blood pressure at 115/70, that alone can make your RealAge up to 12 years younger.

Get tips and inspiration to fuel your walks.

Sleep on it.

9 / 10 Sleep on it.

Regularly sleeping enough helps with everything from keeping your energy up to keeping your weight down. Getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night -- but no more than 9 hours -- can make your RealAge 0.9 years younger.

Fix your sleep with these do's and don'ts.

Lift a little.

10 / 10 Lift a little.

Working out with weights does your muscles and your bones good, and it doesn't take a ton of time to make a difference.

Try this workout. Strength-training for just 10 minutes three times per week can make your RealAge as much as 1.3 years younger.

Continue Learning about Longevity

How Your Photo Albums Affect Longevity
How Your Photo Albums Affect Longevity
How long will you live? Just flip through your photo albums or your Facebook pictures for a clue. Do you see lots of pictures of yourself with a big,...
Read More
How can sleeping more help me live longer?
Get to bed a little earlier and you could extend your life. That's what a recent study suggests....
More Answers
5 Habits That Can Make You Look Older Than You Are
5 Habits That Can Make You Look Older Than You Are5 Habits That Can Make You Look Older Than You Are5 Habits That Can Make You Look Older Than You Are5 Habits That Can Make You Look Older Than You Are
Ditch these habits to look healthier and younger.
Start Slideshow
3 Foods to Boost Your Memory
3 Foods to Boost Your Memory