An active love life, drinking red wine and doing yoga are among the top 40 things which keep you young, according to research.

The poll of 1,500 over-65s also revealed singing along to music, spending time with people younger than yourself and doing puzzles also featured.

And when it comes to how you feel on the inside, the outside does matter, with wearing whatever clothes you like, treating yourself to a nice haircut and remaining physically active also appearing on the list of ways to help keep you feeling spritely.

Eight in 10 near-retirees believe in the phrase ‘you’re only as young as you feel’, with 78 per cent claiming to feel younger than the number on their last birthday card.

The research was commissioned by Fairy Non-Bio and found, on average, respondents feel around nine years younger than they actually are.

Three quarters put this down to keeping a positive mental attitude, while just under half thank a healthy lifestyle.

Older Brits think their physical appearance has a lot to say about the age they feel, with more than half admitting they’ve changed their style and clothing choices as they aged.

Almost a third now favour softer fabrics such as cotton to avoid irritating their skin, and 46 per cent opt for looser fitting clothes.

And a quarter wear far fewer bold patterns and prints than they did in their youthful heyday.

Over 50 per cent of over-65s confess to finding their skin has increased in sensitivity as they’ve got older.

And some of the top ways to try and combat this include changing hand or body soap, changing what they wash their clothes with or trying different styles of clothing.

Fairy Non-Bio’s spokesman said: “At Fairy Non Bio we celebrate people being able to wear what they want, whenever they want, no matter the skin that they’re in.

“Skin sensitivity as we get older shouldn’t mean we have to avoid wearing the clothes we want to, the ones that make us feel our best.

“That’s why Fairy Non Bio 3-in-1 PODS are specially formulated to keep clothes beautifully clean whilst feeling gentle on sensitive skin.”

THE TOP 40 THINGS WHICH KEEP YOU FEELING YOUNG:

1.       Walking

2.       Thinking positively

3.       Staying positive

4.       Getting enough sleep

5.       Getting your five-a-day

6.       Spending time with family

7.       Keeping up a hobby

8.       Drinking lots of water

9.       Going on holiday

10.   Spending time with friends

11.   Dancing

12.   Trying new things regularly

13.   Doing puzzles

14.   Smiling lots

15.   Active love life

16.   Reading books

17.   Spending time with people younger than yourself

18.   Having a pet

19.   Singing to music

20.   Listening to music

21.   Having time to yourself

22.   Swimming

23.   Wearing whatever clothes you like

24.   Cycling

25.   Taking up new hobbies

26.   Doing yoga

27.   Running

28.   Using suncream

29.   Eating super fruits

30.   Treating yourself to nice haircuts

31.   Drinking red wine

32.   Kissing

33.   Colouring your hair

34.   Taking naps

35.   Drinking green tea

36.   Using anti-aging creams

37.   Going to gigs or live events

38.   Meditating

39.   Getting massages

40.   Keeping up with fashion trends

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