Can we all agree there is a clear difference between chronological aging and biological aging? For instance, I’ve met men and women who not only do not look their age, but they seem to also have the energy level of someone much younger. On the other hand, I’ve met men and women, who appear younger than their actual age, but their energy level is that of someone much older. And then you meet those who look young and have boundless energy younger than their years. What is their secret?
Well, of course, genetics must have a twinge to do with the ‘looking younger’ part, but taking care of one’s self is pertinent too. So what are 5 diet and exercise habits aging you faster?
Walking right past the weights
If you are into fitness, you have probably been told time and time again, “do not skip past the weights!” However, for women in particular, we do not want to ‘bulk up’. Hence, we tend to avoid weights or only pick up the 3lbs dumb bells for 15 reps. Truth be told, a little strength training can replace the need for fillers and botox by creating more supportive muscle tone which, in turns, tighten up the skin. “I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older,” says Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist in Metairie, LA in a Prevention Magazine article. “It’s like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body,” she says.
Only doing high intensity exercise
After a long day of stress, going for a long run or hitting the gym for an hour of turbo kick-boxing may be just what you need to blow off some steam. However, it is important to mix up your exercise routine as well. Mix a low intensity exercise with high intensity throughout the week. Incorporate yoga into your regime to reduce internal inflammation, reduce overal stress and to give you that ‘zen-ful’ glow. “Yoga moves like Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations improve circulation—the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow,” says Dr. Hema Sundaram, a Washington, DC–area dermatologist in a recent ABC Health News report.
Downing the dessert
The high sugar content in desserts do your skin no justice. Sugar is known to damage the collagen that keeps your skin smooth and tight. Keeping your dessert intake to a minimal, you can replace sugary desserts for healthier sweet tasting options. We found a whole slew of option on Paleo Grub’s 47 Paleo Desserts to Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth. You can also take the advice of one of our area dermatologist, Naila Malik, MD of Southlake, Texas. To prevent this natural process of damaged collagen from careening out of control, he recommends sticking to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains; they’re naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen.We love these tips from around the web incl @preventionmag on diet and exercise. Click To Tweet
You are a coffee fiend
If you are an avid coffee drinker, perhaps you can swap out the coffee for a delicious cup of green or white tea every now and again. After downing all of that dessert, it is a wise choice to drink something that helps prevent the breakdown of collagen and skin cancers. Black tea even has these properties, but it is a healthier choice to stick to green or white teas to avoid the higher doses of caffeine.
Low quality meats in your diet
We found in many sources, including Fitbie, not eating organic meats can age you. “Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may contribute to acne,” says Katie Rodan, MD, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area. She says that her patients who eat those less frequently—or at least choose grain-fed beef and poultry and organic dairy—often notice their skin looks better.
Hence, eating low quality meats, or any food for that matter, can age you faster. It definitely does not do the body good to choose meats that are not fed and raised well. You essentially are eating what they ate. Think on that for a moment…
What should you do for exercise?
- Have a balanced workout regime including strength training, cardio and zen workouts such as yoga.
- Eat high quality foods to treat your body well. Your body is your temple.
- Drink lots of water and tea, less coffee. Flavor your tea with honey instead of sugar for additional healthy benefits.
- Spend a good 20-30 minutes daily on exercise.
- Meet with your functional health doctor or nutritionist to determine a meal schedule suitable for your specific lifestyle.
Do you exercise for at least 30 minutes each day? What do you do?
For more diet and exercise related to aging, visit Prevention.com article linked within the article above.
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