Aging Backwards While Moving Forward
Tips & Tricks to Stay Young on the Road
by Jackie Silver,

When the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon set out to find the Fountain of Youth he found Florida instead. He wasn’t the first to look for healing waters that could restore youth, either. The legend goes as far back as the time of Alexander the Great, who was reputed to have searched for such waters in eastern Asia. Today, we’re still searching for the magic fountain or pill that will keep us young forever. While there is no “magic” involved, there are some great shortcuts to looking and feeling much younger than your chronological age.

Aging Backwards in the Car

Nothing says “road trip” like a pain in the rear! All that sitting and sitting and sitting can turn even the most fun adventure into a mundane chore. Make it more interesting while you’re Aging Backwards at the same time with these tips for car travel:

• Sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall – KIDDING! You could sing the phone numbers on the billboards, though. Memorizing numbers has gone by the wayside since the invention of storing numbers – our brains have gotten lazy. Train your brain by memorizing billboards, especially phone numbers, or license plates of the cars in front of you. PS: This is NOT for the driver, only for the passenger! Keep those neurons firing and those synapses strong with a good brain workout.

• Work those abs! Just because you’re sitting down doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a workout. If you’re driving in city traffic, try this: hold your stomach in at the red lights and relax when they turn green. Don’t forget to BREATHE! If you’re on the highway, try the same trick using road markers as your timer.

• Don’t turn to leather. If you’re driving, make sure to use plenty of sunscreen with a little extra on the left side of your face (in America, anyway). If you’re the passenger, you’ll want to safeguard the right side. Even though glass reduces the risk of sunburn, you’re still getting damaging rays that could lead to premature aging.

• Remember your shades. Sunglasses are important even when you’re inside the car. Remember, those rays can penetrate glass. Mayo Clinic advises, “The sun can also burn your eyes. UV light damages the retina, a thin layer of tissue that lines the back inner wall of your eye. Burning your eyes can also damage the lens, a clear structure inside your eye that changes shape to help focus objects. This can lead to progressive clouding of the lens (cataracts).”

• Buff those biceps. This is another one just for the passengers. Bring along some small hand weights and do bicep curls anytime the urge strikes. Alternatively, you could bring a stretchy band with handles (specifically made for workouts – find it at the sporting goods store) and use it for biceps and general stretching. Again, this is just for passengers.

Try these tips on the road to make staying young easy and fun. Small steps could add up to big results.

Jackie Silver is Aging Backwards and she shares her secrets, tips and shortcuts in her book, Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, on her Web site,, on TV and radio, in print and in person. She is a frequent television news guest, one half of The Ageless Sisters radio show and contributor to numerous Web sites, including She also has three columns on – National Anti-Aging Beauty Examiner, NY Beauty Products Examiner and NY Charity Examiner. She is a member of the beauty blogger consortium Fashion Flash. Jackie appears in dozens of videos on and and is sought-after as an anti-aging and beauty expert by the media. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at , connect with her on Facebook , Twitter  (@AgingBackwards) and Pinterest .

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