Everyone is going to get old, that’s for sure. But of course you don’t want to look older than your real age, do you? There are 9 habits that you have to stop doing (if you do one, some or all of them) so that you won’t age faster.
- Not having enough sleep
Having too little sleep can have negative effects on your health, and your look too. Try to get between seven and nine hours per night, that’s the recommended amount of sleep. Go to bed early and wake up early as well. You’ll soon reap the benefits.
- Exercising only when you feel guilty or want to lose weight
Many of us think of exercise only as a way to lose weight. That’s a shame because actually you can get plenty of benefits from exercising. You’ll have a healthier body, mind and soul. What’s more, exercise also provides a rejuvenating effect on the skin. Enjoy your exercise and do it regularly. Don’t think of it as a punishment because you feel guilty after eating too much.
- More sitting than standing
You are going to have some serious health problems if you plant your butt on a chair at work for long hours every day. Sitting long hours has been known to link to diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. If you think that exercise can counteract the bad effects, you’re wrong. It doesn’t work like that. Sitting for more than 6 hours a day without break or with a few breaks is just as bad as smoking. You will age faster if you keep doing this bad habit. But if you are at work and your job requires sitting in front of a computer, how can you sit less? Get up and move at least every 30 minutes. Get some water, stretch your body.
- Stressing over everything
We all have our own problems, stress is an inevitable part of our lives. But don’t stress out over everything all the time. Because honestly, you don’t feel good whenever you’re stressed out, but you keep doing it anyway, don’t you? Why? All stress do are increasing your blood pressure, suppressing immunity, making you gain weight and making your skin suffer. These are just a few of harmful effects that stress has on your body. Remember that stress will never go away completely, but you can try to manage it. Don’t stress out over everything, don’t take everything too seriously. It’s not worth it.
- Indulging too frequently
We know it’s not easy to keep on eating healthy all the time. It’s not a problem if you sometimes have to indulge. But it’s going to be a big problem if you indulge in unhealthy food, such as fast food, dessert and other treats, too often. Your health as well as your appearance will be affected.
- Drinking too much alcohol
Research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can decrease the risk of having heart disease. But if you drink too much of alcohol, say more than two drinks daily, you’ll increase the risk of suffering from health problems, such as high blood pressure, liver disease and weight gain. In addition, alcohol saps the natural moisture from your skin. Excessive alcohol consumption exacerbates acnes, wrinkles and fine lines, and you are going to look older than you really are. If you don’t want to look that old, limiting your alcohol consumption is best.
- Seeing your friends online only
Back in the old days, you frequently hung out with your friends. But now, technology has taken over your world. You don’t meet your friends in real life anymore. But chatting with them online is not good for your soul. Your real age will suffer because you connect with noone in real life. You can start re-connecting with your friends by hanging out with them at least once a week.
Smoking is really bad for health, you know the fact. Detrimental effects of smoking include the increased risks for heart disease, stroke, infertility and of course lung cancer. But it doesn’t stop there. Smoking can also exacerbate skin conditions and trigger the breakdown of collagen, which can lead to loose, saggy skin. Moreover, smoking wrinkles your skin. You will look much older than your real age. Not attractive at all, right?
- Not remembering to smile
Not only does smiling make you feel good, but it also makes you look younger than your actual age. How come? Because smiling naturally lifts the muscles you have on your face and slows down the rate at which you age. So, don’t forget to smile and do it often.