All We Wanna Do is look as great as Sheryl Crow does when we’re older. The breast-cancer survivor recently celebrated a milestone birthday, all while promoting a Showtime documentary and an upcoming tour. It’s clear that getting older isn’t slowing the musician down, not that it should. Unfortunately, there are still a few people who hold the belief that the older you get, the less you should take on. Thankfully, that’s something the mother of two does not prescribe to,
“As far as ageism is concerned, I think we’re still in the middle of it.
We’re having the conversation, but it’s going to take a long time before people change their mind about what beauty is and how important older people are in conjunction with all of us learning and understanding the beauty of getting older and what comes with that.” – Sheryl Crow, New Beauty
It’s clear that the rock star completely understands the beauty of longevity, which is exactly why she looks so good! So, what can we learn from her so that we too can get better with age?
Sheryl Crow’s Longevity Habits
1. Prioritize mental health
Speaking to New Beauty, the 60-year-old revealed that she’s noticed that the conversation around mental health has changed for the better, and she’s more than happy about that,
“Let’s face it, the past couple of years have been really demanding on everyone.
We’ve all collectively gone through a very challenging time, and I’d like to think people are finally willing to discuss how depressing and how hard life can be sometimes and ready to discuss how to navigate through life when it isn’t all high highs.”
Crow added that she’s especially happy with how far we’ve come in talking about mental health, especially in regard to kids. Sheryl Crow isn’t the only celebrity concerned about our kid’s mental health. Goldie Hawn, for instance, has been a strong advocate for kids’ mental health, especially when you consider the impact that COVID-19, stating that “children’s mental health is now at the level of a national emergency.”
2. Stay hydrated
According to Crow, the one thing she does not negotiate on is drinking water. For her, doing so helps to keep her awake, sharp, and less reactive.
We all know that it’s important to drink plenty of water, but do you know why? Water helps your brain function, and even mild dehydration can affect memory and brain performance. Additionally, a study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology found that drinking water can also benefit your skin health, especially in those who tend to not drink enough of it.
Another habit that helps Sheryl Crow feel “awake, sharp, and less reactive” is meditation. While she didn’t share which form of mediation she usually does, she revealed to MNSBC in 2019 that she had been meditating for the last 26 years as a means of self-care.
In fact, meditation also helped her come to terms with her stage-one breast cancer diagnosis in 2006. Crow learned a lot from the diagnosis, one of which was the importance of self-care. For her, meditation not only taught her to practice self-care and compassion, but also how to take a breather,
“It definitely does help in stopping the constant overload of brain stimulation that is constantly telling us where our shortcomings are, where we’re failing.”
4. Shake It Up
Fancy a morning shake?
For Crow, there’s nothing better than waking up and starting the day with a healthy smoothie. So which ingredients to use?
“I just went through 30 days of doing shakes in the morning with kale and protein powder and ginger, all kinds of healthy stuff, and it definitely changed my sleep and my energy levels,” says Crow.
Kale, protein powder, and ginger are common ingredients found in smoothies, and for good reason. Kale is a great source of vitamin K1, which the body needs for healthy bones and healthy blood protein. We all know that the body needs protein and the presence of ginger helps to combat inflammation in the body, which serves to reduce the risk for disease and infections.
If you’re hoping to make a morning smoothie but aren’t sure of where to start, try one of the delicious ones below:
5. A skincare minimalist
When it comes to skincare routines, some prefer the 9-step K-beauty routines, whilst others prefer something more simple. For Crow, the simpler, the better – although she does have her favorites,
“I’ve always been a minimalist about what I do as far as what I apply to my face; I’ve relied on being joyful and drinking a lot of water and keeping my face clean and all those simple things, but I do use La Mer when my face is dry and then Estée Lauder and Neutrogena have always been a go-to.”
6. A jog star
Rocking out on stage isn’t the only way for Sheryl Crow to keep her body fit. She shares that she likes to be outside, and she enjoys playing sports.
So what are the top ways she stays fit? “I either jog or I row on the rowing machine.”
Jogging is an easy, free and effective way to stay active, and it’s also great for your longevity. In fact, a study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology found that male joggers can extend their life by 6.2 years, and women by 5.6 years.
Now, chances are that you may not have access to a rowing machine, but you can stimulate the movement at home.
A rowing machine can help build muscle, and it’s a workout for the entire body, so stimulating it at home wouldn’t be the worst thing. According to Livestrong, you can do so with a resistance band. So why not try out this 20-Minute HIIT Rowing Workout?
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Another person that’s embracing getting older is Maye Musk. At 74, Maye has been on more runways and magazine spreads in her later than she did in her teens and 20s. In fact, she recently became the oldest swimsuit cover model as she graced the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2022 cover.
MAIN IMAGE CREDIT: Sheryl Crow/Instagram
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