Getting old is inevitable. However, we can delay premature aging and stay fit during our later years by adopting a few good habits.
Here are ten things you may be guilty of doing that age your body.
No Physical Activity
It doesn’t matter if you hit the gym every day. Staying active is the key to remain fit and healthy. While sitting or walking; maintain a good posture to keep your shoulders straight. It is important to exercise regularly to take care of your lower back.
Vegetables, whole grains, fruits and lean proteins are great foods to consume. Not only these nutritional foods provide energy to the body; they also delay the aging process. Avoid making poor food choices that do nothing to curb your appetite.
One of the most common factors to trigger aging is chronic stress or depression. It increases your cortisol levels and leads to metabolic malfunctioning. Make sure you adopt a calming activity such as yoga or pursue a hobby that relieves your mind when you are under stress.
Lack of mental stimulation
Mental stimulation is just as important as physical activity. It is important that you add one mentally-stimulating activity to your daily routine. It could either be a Sudoku puzzle or read a few chapters of your favorite book; it is crucial to keep some brain activity alive. Take up a new hobby or indulge in any creative hobby to boost your brain power.
We do not have too much control over the environment. However, we can minimize the exposure to chemicals when we are inside our home. Pollution and contaminated environment trigger a series of allergies and infection that also speed up aging.
Although, research indicates small amounts of alcohol are beneficial to health; excessive amounts of alcohol can cause serious damage to your health. No wonder alcoholics look older than their actual age. Ideally, you should aim for not more than two drinks a day.
Nothing has a deeper impact on aging than exposure to smoke. Long-term exposure to secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as puffing on cigarettes for long-term. Make sure you are never standing or sitting near a smoking crowd.
Don’t Live to Eat
We are what we eat. Over-eating leads to a shorter lifespan, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. For a longer and healthier life, it is important to stick to a moderate diet and consume as many fruits and vegetables as possible for a healthier and longer life.
Taking Too Many Medications
Both over the counter and prescription medications are useful for managing many conditions. However, when they are taken in excess, they end up doing more harm than good. Your doctor may be able to reduce your dosage or get you off a prescription when it is no longer required.
Not Paying Attention to Your Genetic Code
Whatever precautions we might take, sometimes the make-up of our genes cause us to age before time. Everybody inherits a set of vulnerabilities from their ancestors. It is important to make appropriate changes to your lifestyle by researching your family history.