The chances are good that you know someone who’s older who is still running around, going out dancing, and more. You probably also know someone who is younger who can barely move anymore. If you want to increase your odds of staying younger, longer, avoid the following things that accelerate the aging process:
Poor Food Choices
It doesn’t matter if you’re eating all of the wrong foods or too much of everything, a bad diet is almost a guarantee that you’ll age more quickly than your DNA intended. Take in more nutrients and limit your calories by eating foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit processed foods.
Your entire body will pay the price if you don’t sleep soundly or enough. Not getting enough sleep has been shown to increase your risk of cancer, weight gain, and almost any health issue you can imagine.
A little bit of stress that happens on occasion is good for you, as it motivates. It gets you going by triggering the release of hormones like adrenaline. But stress and its rush of hormones can lead to many headaches (including migraines) and heartache. Over a period of time, chronic stress can make you appear and feel older and contribute to a lot of issues.
When you sit, the skeletal muscles in your lower body are deactivated, which ushers in negative metabolic consequences. If you have a job at a desk, be sure you get up more often. Stand up at your desk and move around. During conference calls, try to move around and schedule walking meetings.
You are doing your body a huge favor if you can avoid alcohol, drugs, and smoking. According to one study, it only takes 15 minutes for a cigarette to cause harm to your DNA. Make it a point to quit. And guys who smoke or drink excessively have approximately triple the risk of dying during a given time period compared to people who do not use.
Ignoring Risk Factors
High blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol that go undetected will ruin your body. The issue is that sometimes people don’t realize they have these issues until they have a stroke or a heart attack–it may be too late by then. Be sure to ask your doctor about screening tests and be vigilant.