WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT: LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Don’t be fooled into thinking that all you have to do is pay your way into looking more youthful! Most of it is about how you treat your body and mind through your daily routine and living an all-around healthy lifestyle. Cut out the bad and bring in the good to keep your mind, body, and soul in tip-top condition. Here are the vital steps you need to take in order to look and feel your best both inside and out.
(Thanks to our friends at Marbella Rocks for this piece!)
It is a known fact that drinking is bad for you. Scientists have stated that regularly drinking more than 14 units a week does damage to your health. To reduce the risk of harming your health and keep your skin in the best possible condition, it is advised that men and woman spread out their drinking over three days or more. If you’re going to drink, this is a better option than binge drinking the same amount in one night. This type of drinking is called low risk as there is no safe drinking level. To reduce your health risks, limit how much you drink, drink with food, and intake your alcohol more slowly. The effects that alcohol has on your health really comes to down to how much your drink – the less the amount, the lower your health risk!
PUT OUT THE CIGS
Did you know that smoking results in more premature facial wrinkling than sun exposure? Lines around the eyes called “crow’s feet” can develop at an earlier age. Multiple vertical lines around the mouth also occur. These smoker’s lines really show your age and accelerate the ageing process. These effects also continue into old age. By the age of 70, smoking 30 cigarettes a day could lead to the equivalent of an extra 14 years of skin ageing. If you do smoke, it might not be a bad idea to invest in a method of quitting such as nicotine patches, hypnotism, or even e-cigarettes, which can help you ease in quitting. Smoking is responsible for several diseases such as long term chronic respiratory diseases (say no to heart disease!), as well as premature death. A recent study has found that smokers can die ten years sooner than non-smokers so try your best to kick the habit. Think about all of the benefits!
Stress is a major indicator on your life even if you may not think it. Stress occurs in 1 in 10 adults and affects your body, thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, and even accelerates the ageing process by shortening the length of each DNA strand. Being able to recognise common stress symptoms can give you a helping hand in managing them. Stress that is left to untended can contribute to many more health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. The common effects of stress are headaches, chest pains, sleep problems, and muscle pain. There are many relaxation techniques, such as meditation and talking things out (whether with a close friend or family member or a therapist) that can help ease anxiety. If you repeat these daily, you can alter the brain’s neutral pathways, making it more resilient to stress.
Robbie Maller, a Chicago health and wellness coach has outlined this simple method: Sit up straight with both feet on the floor and close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting “I feel at peace” (out loud or silently) whilst placing one hand on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths and let any distracting thoughts pass right out of your mind.
Scientists have revealed that exercise could not only keep skin younger, but may also even reverse skin ageing. Recent studies at McMaster University examined the effect of exercise on mice. Researchers examined mice that were bred to age prematurely – they split the mice into two groups and provided one group with exercise wheels. The mice that remained sedentary rapidly grew frail and ill and went grey or bald. But the mice that were given access to running wheels maintained healthy brains, hearts, muscles, and reproductive organs. Their fur remained far longer than their sedentary lab mates and didn’t even turn grey. Exercise – so simple yet so effective – can also help prevent excess weight gain and aid in weight loss. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside a huge amount of time to do exercise. Try something like the HIIT-inspired SpeedFlex workout which does wonders in just 30-45 minutes. Even simple tasks such as vacuuming the house can burn more calories than you imagine. Daily 15-minute jogs can help set you up for the future and you’ll feel better than ever once you being to notice the difference in your physique and your skin.
Take care of yourself, both inside and out! We all want to look youthful but it’s also about taking care of (or worshipping, really!) our temple so that we can live a long, healthy, fulfilling life full of adventures!