Unfair but true: starting at age 40, our bellies begin to expand even if we don’t alter our diet or exercise habits. The good news: doing just 30 minutes of simple yoga stretches a day can halt or reverse the so-called middle-age spread, reveals a 10-year University of Washington study published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association. Yoga and Pilates works the body’s core.
Yoga’s anti-aging secret also has to do with mindful eating. It’s when we savor every mouthful instead of eating quickly. People who are mindful (and many of us write down what we eat to keep track) are proven not to overindulge or experience between meal cravings.