The process of aging is inevitable. However, there are measures we can take to decelerate the process of which would have otherwise been premature. Remember… our bodies are like automobiles; as in they must be maintained and taken care of to function (Run) properly.
This means we must develop good habits but for now, we want to address five habits that are sure to ruin the aging process.
Denying Your Stress
Stress is a killer, it causes inflammation inside the body and chronic stress means that stress hormones are coursing through your body on a regular basis leaving it in a constant state of arousal which can have detrimental consequences for your health.
This may mean taking on way less than you are currently doing, or just simply saying “NO” more often. Life is surely too short, and we need to be making sure that we are enjoying life as much as possible. Raymond Casciari, MD, the chief medical officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif Says, “People think multitasking is good, but you don’t actually get anything done—you just create more stress.”
Stress is something that needs to be managed and not neglected.
- Say NO more often
- Focus on fewer things at one time
- Eliminate the things causing you stress (If possible)
Robert Waldinger, one of the researchers in the 80-year-old Harvard Study of Adult Development says, “Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”
This study along with many others finds that healthy relationships and strong social ties improve aging on all levels, including emotional, physical and mental health.
This includes, cardiovascular and brain health and the Harvard study found that those with strong relationships lived longer than those who had weak social ties.
Marriage increases life expectancy, and happy relationships can help reduce stress, thus reducing the risk of heart disease, improving the function of the gut, and boosting the immune system.
Not Taking Care of Your Skin
“Sarah L. Taylor, MD, associate professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center” said that “The number-one cause of nearly every sign of premature aging on the human face is ultraviolet exposure.” That is worrying as there are millions of people that go without the use of protection from the sun every day.
We are exposed to the harmful rays of the sun even when there is cloud cover (So don’t think you’re safe).
How can we prevent skin damage by the sun?
- Use a sunblock with somewhere between 30 and 50 SPF
- Wear clothing and use protective shade to avoid long exposure to the sun
- Make your skin care routine a habit for the rest of your life
Being Sedentary and Not Exercising
Exercise has a ton of benefits, with the reversal of premature aging being one of them. Sitting too much can cause many health problems like obesity, diabetes and the worst leading to an early death. Technology is a big reason for a lack of activity since a lot of our entertainment requires little to no movement, and it’s becoming an epidemic.
In a study done on the effects of a sedentary lifestyle of elderly women, primary researcher Aladdin Shadyab, Ph.D., from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine said “Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. “Chronological age doesn’t always match the biological age.” So next time you think about sitting for longer periods of time, remember that you are not helping your short and long-term health.
Ways to Combat Being Too Sedentary:
- Join a gym and hold yourself accountable
- Find hobbies/interests that involve being active
- Join a group or involve friends that are always active (You become who you’re around)
Unhealthy foods and beverages are bad for our bodies and consuming endless toxins is a recipe for bad health. There is a long list (That we won’t get into) of bad nutritional choices. Some things are just too irresistible for our taste buds to avoid all time, but moderation is better than excessive consumption.
Sugar, alcohol, junk food and processed foods, in general, all contribute to accelerated aging. The issue is peer pressure and convenience, which is not improving in a good way anytime soon. However; it is possible to turn back the clocks and make better choices.
You can start by doing these few things:
- Consume in moderation
- Buy more natural foods, locally sourced
- Avoid bad nutrition altogether
Make the choice to live healthier and you’ll be happier!