We are human, and so we make mistakes. Often we do things out of enjoyment that ultimately could be detrimental to our health and appearance. Some things that are bad for us or age us; we are already aware of, such as over-exposure to the sun or smoking. But what about those things we consider completely harmless? Can harmless habits really age our bodies?
1.) Turn the music down. I know, I know, music sounds best when blasted. You have been stressed all day and you just want some time to relax and listen to your favorite song. Your first instinct is to turn the volume up and rock out. Think twice about the damage you are doing to your ears. Loud music ages you. There is nothing more unattractive than asking everyone to repeat themselves because you have just about lost your hearing. When exposed to loud music for years, your hearing can be reduced to that of a 70 or 80 year old. Turn the music down and enjoy the fact that you still have the ability to hear it.
2.) Make sure to get enough sleep. A lack of sleep can be very damaging to your system after long periods of deprivation. Studies have shown that the lack of sleep causes many health problems including: high blood pressure and diabetes. Also, not getting an ample amount of shut-eye can cause you to look older than you really are. Some signs of a lack of sleep are creapiness under the eyes, weight gain and an uneven complexion. Sleep is important. sometimes you just have let chores go undone and enjoy a good night’s rest. Even more so; a consistent sleeping routine is the best option.
3.) Stay active for a youthful appearance. Nothing ages you faster than living a sedentary lifestyle. Being active keeps your metabolism at its highest level and your overall system moving regularly as it should. Do not wait until you have to lose weight to start exercising. Working out should become part of your day to day life. Being active can be fun and it definitely makes you look years younger than those who are inactive. Keep it interesting by rotating your routines, keeping a variety of activities on your schedule. When exercise is fun; it is no longer a laborious job.
4.) Try, by all means necessary to avoid stressful situations. Stress has been found to produce cortisol. Cortisol has been found to elevate blood pressure and reduce the effectiveness of the immune system. After years of a stressful life style; healing becomes delayed, arteries begin to harden and areas of the brain shrink. It is impossible to completely eliminate stress but it can be greatly reduced. Taking the time to meditate helps to clear your mind and provide a different perspective on the given situation.
Take into consideration the wear and tear you put on your body with your day to day habits. Some adverse effects of aging cannot be reversed. The earlier you make the changes to your lifestyle; the better the chance of eliminating age related damages. Every year that passes is another birthday gone by, but that doesn’t mean you have to grow older–just wiser.
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