No body really want to look way older than their age – here’s how to prevent premature aging.
It’s not just genetics—there are numerous habits that influence how your body ages. Diet, smoking, sun exposure, and exercise all play a role in how long you live, how your skin glows , how healthy you are, and even how your brain functions.
Although aging is a natural process, there are some habits you may be partaking in which are speeding up the process of common age-related activities like wrinkled skin, aches and pains, mental decline, and predisposition to diseases. Often times, we don’t even realize these seemingly routine habits are shortening our lifespan dramatically.
So, if you’re looking to look better, live longer, stay sharp, and feel full of energy, avoid these 6 Aging habits:
1. You’re Constantly Stressed Out
Constant stress means high levels of cortisol, the fat-storing stress hormone which has been shown to cause high blood pressure, chest pain, a slower metabolism, and weight gain according to a study in
Biological Psychiatry. These are all precursors to age-related diseases that shorten your lifespan.
2.You Love the Sun
Getting outside and enjoying the sunshine is good for boosting your mood and absorbing the all-important vitamin D, but too much sun exposure is bad news for aging.
3. Not Getting a Good Night’s Rest
If you didn’t already know from personal experience, that most people don’t get enough shut-eye. Because sleep is a critical component of hormone regulation, muscle recovery, memory development, and maintaining a properly functioning metabolism, over time, sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, anxiety, depression and insulin resistance—which can trigger type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
You probably are well aware that smoking is terrible for your health, but it bears repeating: this deadly habit is known to cause lung cancer and heart disease. Not only will it age your heart and your lungs, but it will also show signs of wear on your face. The toxins from the cigarette will start to show wrinkles and fine lines on your face and around your mouth.
5. You Sit A Lot
You may think a construction job is dangerous, but experts have found that working a desk job may put your health in a similar amount of danger. Sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase your risk of premature death by up to 60 percent. prolonged periods of sitting have also been connected to slow blood circulation, poor blood sugar regulation, and high cholesterol levels. Among those who sat for 8 hours or more a day, the participants who also engaged in at least an hour’s worth of exercise—such as moderate walking—reduced their risk of mortality by nearly 40 percent compared to those who didn’t move at all.
6. You Don’t Bother With Exercise
You don’t even need a gym to work out. Experts find that just 30 minutes of moderate walking can improve health, lower bad cholesterol, protect your heart, improve insulin sensitivity, and perhaps most importantly, strengthen bones. As we age, an injury becomes increasingly life threatening. On top of ensuring you’re consuming enough vitamin D and calcium, ensure you’re getting in at least three days of 30-minute brisk walking.