Lifestyle Habits That Make You Age Faster

agingIt is not uncommon to come across people your own age and wonder what on earth happened. Some will look much younger, or much older, than you do calling into question what it is they are doing that are bringing about this difference in appearances. There are certain habits that tend to deteriorate our appearance faster and can sometimes have a serious effect on our health. Consider which ones you have made a part of your lifestyle and what you can do to change things for the better.

  • Crash dieting

Crash or yoyo dieting is a common problem in this age of obesity and can have long-term negative effects on the body. There is often a fluctuation in moods due to varied blood sugar levels, reduced energy, pressure placed on the cardio system and wearing out of the elasticity of the skin. When your skin loses elasticity due to changes in weight, you end up having saggy skin and looking older. It is advisable to stick to a healthy weight loss plan that makes for permanent eating habit changes, and slow but steady weight loss.

  • Inadequate sleep

People who suffer from insomnia or irregular sleep cycles tend to have puffy eyes, dark circles and generally look haggard. At whatever age you are at, it is important to try to get a regular 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This should be uninterrupted sleep that allows you to wake up fully rested and energized for the day. In some cases, sleep problems can lead to feelings of depression and contribute towards obesity. Practicing a regular sleep routine can be helpful in getting on an appropriate sleep cycle.

  • Smoking

Smoking is not only terrible for your lungs, it also puts additional pressure on your cardio system, and causes serious damage to skin. It is not uncommon to find smokers having damaged skin due to alack of sufficient oxygen reaching the organ, and other impurities gettinginto the system. Thankfully, as soon as you quit, you can start seeing quick improvements in pallor and the ability to breathe.

  • Stress

Allowing for stressful situations and thoughts to take control of your mind is very unhealthy mentally and physically. In the same way it exhausts your mind, it will also exhaust your body and make you look years older. It is important to try to find solutions to stressful concerns quickly and find ways to relax. Letting go of things that make you emotionally and mentally strained will not only help make you feel lighter, but also lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of depression and lower anxiety levels.

  • Sedentary lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyles encourage physical laziness, which is a contributing factor to problems like obesity and the risk of cardio diseases. Engaging in more regular physical exercise will not only increase your fitness level, but also reduce the risk of all diseases and injuries, and encourage the release of feel good hormones in your system. If you remain sedentary you are more likely to fall sick, become more vulnerable to injuries and become depressed, all factors that make people feel and look older than they are.

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Sources:

OnlyMyHealth – Harmful Effects of Crash Dieting

University Hospital – Link between Sleep Deprivation and Skin Aging

Mayo Clinic – Quit Smoking – Is it true that smoking causes wrinkles?

AIS – Seniors

The Washington Post – Sedentary Lifestyle Accelerates Aging

 

This entry was posted on December 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm.

Introducing Your Child to a Healthy Living

child healthPhysical exercises and activities have conventionally been a thing of the aging. Not many young people have occupied themselves with healthy living by doing practical exercises to build their body in a holistic way. Well, it is time we changed our approach and begin doing these exercises even at a young age. You don’t have to wait until your child hits 30 years of age to introduce them to physical exercises that keep their body fit. Starting these activities at an early age would go a long way in living a healthy lifestyle. You can start introducing your child to light workouts to make them keep mentally and physically fit.

In the company of other professionals, Myer of the Ohio State University Medical Center conducted a research on developing brain perspective through an integrative exercise approach in children. The concern raised in their study was how contemporary physical exercises amongst children ignored the very significant need of motor skill attainment at an early age. The focus on the physical activity quantitative emphasis is not enough. May be we have been concerned about doing a one-hour strenuous exercise without considering the child’s motor skills. It is important to note physical fitness components that are connected to health. For instance, it is good to consider muscular strength, body composition, aerobic fitness, endurance of the muscles and flexibility among other factors.

 Engaging Your Child in Fruitful Exercise

It is obvious that bodily exercises are good. However, the approach really matters in any kind of engagement. For instance, the focus on the quantity of exercises alone can prevent qualitative aspects considerations of the program you are involving your child in, according to Myer and company. Such things to be considered before any physical activity include socialization, the ability to enjoy the activity and the development of skills.

Brain development timing and the related neuroplasticity for the learning of motor skills in children makes their development period a very important time to grow and strengthen important skills of movement in both girls and boys. There is no better way to explain this. Children who don’t take part in well-structured motor-skill enhancement exercises on a regular basis in physical education lessons or in other sports programmes for the youth may never develop their full genetic potential for the control of their motor skills which are very important for lasting physical fitness at their present age and even for life in the future.

Encouraging your children to take part in properly structured health exercises is very important. The only caution you should exercise is the focus on the quantitative aspects alone rather than the qualitative side of the activity. This is the best way to control the development of motor skills and the brain as well. This approach provides a good basis for integrative exercise planning that present a sustainable framework for physical activities in life. Therefore, introducing your child to doing physical activity is not only the concern. The ability to implement a workable solution for your child’s physical fitness is all that matters most.

This entry was posted on October 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm.

Exploring the Benefits and Risks of Infant Male Circumcision

infant circumcisionInfant male circumcision is a subject that has invited a lot of debate in the healthcare field. There have been conflicting views on the benefits associated with such an early operation on young males and the risks involved as well. This is especially when we look at the advocacies made by such institutions and organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. There are gaps to be filled concerning what approach would produce the best results without exposing the young ones to any kind of danger.

There are various reasons as to why parents consider infant male circumcision as a benefit: medical and physical health benefits and psychological gains that could be of various types. The main health benefit for infant male circumcision is a reduced chance of contracting HIV. There is a general feeling that if infant male circumcision for such a reason, then it should be postponed.
Considering the delicate nature of the young males’ tissues, a lot of caution should be exercised before conducting an operation of this nature. Healthcare professionals led by Starzyk from the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a research on factors associated with infant male circumcision where they found out that degree of knowledge by healthcare providers concerning the benefits and dangers involved varied a lot. They asserted that a lot of system-based interventions of education were needed to come up with a well laid out procedure for this operation. There are underlying rules and regulations that govern such operations. However, there are some grey areas that have invoked some serious concerns.

Circumcision amongst Young Males
Circumcision usually is associated with certain complications if the person doing it did not execute the procedure well. While some of these complications may be minor, others can be very serious. No matter the situation, it is important to always remember that infant male circumcision is a medical procedure that should be carried out professionally. Most importantly, the medical process ethics fall under the ethical structures that are applied in all procedures in the medical world including those for children.

Healthcare service providers are left with a huge task of familiarizing themselves with such risks as urinary tract infections, protection against phimosis, adverse process complications and hypospadias prevention. Seemingly, there is still a lack of knowledge on issues connected to cervical cancer, bacterial vaginosis, HIV infection and genital ulcer diseases. Debate is usually seen especially where all professionals are expected to shift their focus on the interests and the needs of the child. During the operation, the ultimate goal is to engage in a safe operation that minimizes the level of harm to the child. This includes the deterrence of injury that can be avoided and others that are not necessary. The final decision makers in the operation procedure are the parents to the child. However, their decisions should also be made to the best interest and welfare of the child in the end.

This entry was posted on July 9, 2014 at 9:55 am.

Can the Internet Save Our Children?

children_computerThe psychological problems of teenagers have been in the news lately. Most of these problems are blamed on social media causing an increase of bullying as children find it harder to escape their peers, even when they’re at home. They face bullying at school, then log into Facebook when they get home only to be bullied even more. Teenagers already have problems simply from the development of their brains and the extremeness of adjusting to new social situations. This bullying makes it even worse.

But can the internet be a blessing as well as a curse?

Australia has been trying out a new internet program called Bite Back. It’s specifically designed to help teens by making them feel better about themselves and more confident about their self image. It helps with anxiety and depression, common problems among teenagers.

Not only is this online program convenient and easy to access for teenagers who already have an internet addiction, research has shown that it actually works! Teens who use the program for at least thirty minutes, three days a week, report feeling significantly more positive than teens who do not use the program. This is an exciting development for teen mental health that could be launched widely to help teens in all sorts of different places.

There’s really only one drawback to the system: the teens have to actually use it. Anyone who spends time around teenagers know what a problem that can be. The initial trial tried out sending email and phone reminders to the teens to get them to use the program, but many still lost interest, saying that the program was not for them or was too boring.

Any wide launch of this program would therefore need to find a way to keep the teenagers engaged. The old standby of bribery could get involved, but in order to get full benefit the teenagers would need to focus and care about what they were working on on the website.

So how do we get teens to care about their own mental health, even when they scoff at the idea that they need help at all?

The research hasn’t figured that one out yet, and I imagine it’ll be the biggest challenge to overcome for any sort of program like this. It would be tough to launch it in a way that didn’t give it a stigma for anyone who used it. Teens can be harsh and judgmental toward their peers. Using a website that improves self esteem could be seen as one more reason to bully the teen taking advantage of the opportunity.

The results are promising, though, and show that a program like this could be worth the time that would need to be put into it. The teens who stuck with the program reported significant improvement in their struggles against depression and stress.

Whether more governments will follow Australia’s example and try out their own online programs for teens remains to be seen. Hopefully, though, as more testing and evidence comes in about this idea more places will consider it worth a look.

Article Referenced:

Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Web-Based Positive Psychology Program for Youth Mental Health: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2014 Jun; 16(6): e140.Published online 2014 Jun 4. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3176

This entry was posted on February 18, 2014 at 4:50 am.