You probably know someone who is older in age and is still very active. You probably also know someone who is younger and can barely move around because they are more sedentary. If you would like to increase your chances of staying younger, longer, avoid the following that speed up the aging process:
Bad 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. Get more nutrients and limit your calories by eating foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit processed foods or eliminate them.
Your whole body will pay the price if you don’t sleep soundly or long enough. Not getting enough sleep has been shown to increase the risk of cancer, weight gain, and almost any health issue you can think of.
A little bit of stress that occurs on occasion is good for you, as it is a motivator. It gets you going by triggering the release of hormones such as adrenaline. However 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 look and feel older and contribute to a lot of problems.
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, make sure you get up often. Stand up at your desk and move around every once in awhile. During conference calls, try to move around and schedule walking meetings.
You are doing your body a big 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. Also, 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 Health Risk Factors
High blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol that go undetected will ruin the body. The problem is that sometimes people don’t realize they have these complications until they have a stroke or a heart attack — it could be too late by then. Make sure to ask your doctor about screening tests and be vigilant about your health.