Aging is inevitable. No matter how hard we try, it will catch up with us eventually, but that does not mean that you have to sit back and let it prematurely take your youth away. There are things you can do starting right now to beat (ok, maybe not beat but dramatically slow down) the aging process, and maintain your youthful looks and vigor well into an age nobody will be able to guess!
These tips are extremely simple- there’s no magic pill here. Read on to find out the five keys tips you should be doing:
Sleeping is one of life’s simple pleasures, and something that should come naturally to everyone. However, more than half of the USA’s adult population is chronically sleep deprived, in the sense that they get less than the recommended 7-9 hours nightly, many days running. Sleep is the one thing that everyone has going for them, since it is the hit reset button for your body.
During sleep, repair ensues, so that proteins in skin are fixed, hormone production is ramped up, and the process of rebuilding in general. Chronic sleep deficiency inhibits the ability of the body to fix structural defects, including in DNA, which can accelerate greying of hair, wrinkling of skin and deterioration of organs.
Get Your Veggies In
Eat lots of vegetables. It doesn’t really matter which, but include a variety of different ones, as each bring something different to the table. Most vegetables are extremely low calories, making them perfect for bulk at mealtimes, as you can eat a lot, and not get a lot of calories. In addition, vegetables are full of fiber, which keep intestinal and colon health on point, as well as tons of anti-oxidants, vitamin and minerals, which fend off free radicals and compounds that damage DNA and promote aging.
Shed Bad Hobbies
Sure, watching TV late into the night is a bad habit, and it is health damaging, but it is not bad in the sense I am referring to here. The ways that I am talking about, relate to drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Excessive alcohol consumption places undue stress on the liver which has the primary job to remove toxins from the body, and in some cases makes it unable to do its job. This accumulation of toxins is bad for health, and kick starts and accelerates the aging process.
Smoking, on the other hand is worse in many aspects. With negative effects ranging from the lung damage, to compromised blood vessels and more. Smoking can age you 25 years in just 5 years. Nutrient delivery suffers, so the skin ages and wrinkles far sooner than it should, and you increase the risk of dying from complications of the lung damage.
We don’t expect you to be euphoric all day long, but being happy has proven benefits over being sad or pouty. This can be explained by endorphins, the feel good chemicals produced in the brain that boost mood, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and reduce stress levels as well.
Practicing mindfulness meditation is one of the best ways to develop your appreciation of the little things in life, and improve your happiness and outlook not to mention the fact that frowning just speeds up the development of wrinkles and fine lines!
A little jogging, cycling or walking is good during any point of life, but in order to diminish the effects of aging, weight training is a must. Not only does muscle help you fill out your clothing, but it can also help prevent skin from sagging, wrinkling, or your posture from stooping.
Nothing screams old like a hunched back and sagging skin, but luckily, weight lifting can delay this for years to come, not only that, but your overall mobility will be kept in check, and you will look great, so hit the weights!
See, as promised these tips are simple. However, don't add stress and anxiety to your list of age accelerators by trying to incorporate all of these tips at once. Start with one, I recommend sleep, then add from there.