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It is said that 60 is the new 40, but somehow your body did not get the message. Turning 60 can be a huge wake-up call to get into better shape and improve your appearance and your health. Just making some subtle changes in skin care can take years off your appearance. Small changes in diet and exercise will give you renewed energy and improve your health. When you feel better you tend to look better too!

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Watch your diet. Eating 5 to 6 smaller meals in place of 2 to 3 larger meals will help you lose and maintain your weight. Include more vegetables and less bread and carbohydrates in your meals. Avoid sugar.

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Avoid sun damage. Always wear sunscreen. Sun damage can add years to your appearance. According to the Mayo Clinic, years of sun exposure causes wrinkles, freckles, age spots and rough, dry skin.

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Moisturize your skin. Aging skin becomes dry and wrinkled, looking older. Use a night-time moisturizer on your face and neck before bed and a lighter moisturizer during the day.

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Exercise at least three times a week. Exercise will keep your body flexible and your heart strong. Strength training will reduce the flab on your arms and legs and build muscle.

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Whiten your teeth. Older teeth tend to wear down and become discolored. Use whitening strips to brighten your smile. Consider crowns or veneers to correct chipped teeth.

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Care for your hair. Keep a soft haircut that allows movement rather than the hair-sprayed style of your youth. Soften the color with some non-permanent hair color to see the results before using the permanent color. Guys, long hair or short is fine as long as it is clean and well kept.

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Shop for new clothes to keep up with today's fashion. Adding a few new items can go a long way to updating your wardrobe. Scarves and handbags for the ladies and sharp sunglasses and shirts for the guys.

About the Author

Martha Burg

Martha Burg has been writing since her retirement in 2007. She has traveled extensively and resided in Germany for several years. Burg received certifications working with circuitry and electricity and assisted in writing training and procedural manuals while working in the telecommunications field for 20 years.