It 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 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.
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.
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