Many men are anxious about getting older because aging often comes with various physical and mental health concerns. Certain everyday habits can speed up the aging process, promoting an earlier onset of age related health problems. To live a longer and healthier life, you want to treat your body well and avoid activities that can make you age faster.
Do not watch too much television.
Recent studies show that television has a number of adverse effects and it can actually promote cognitive aging and impair your mental ability. After you watch TV, your intelligence seems to get worse. You process information more slowly and your language skills start to decline. If you watch TV at the expense of engaging in sufficient physical activity, the negative effects of television seem more pronounced. If you watch programs that challenge you to think and learn, then the cognitive decline will be less severe. Additionally, if you work out while you watch TV, then you might reverse some of the negative effects of television. However, in general, you probably want to stay as far away from the television as possible. You should try using your free time to engage in healthier activities that allow you stay active and do not cause any sort of brain damage.
Drink a lot of water.
Staying hydrated is important for preventing physical signs of aging because water can help you look and feel younger. While many people swear that drinking eight ounces of water daily can cause the aging process to slow down, some scientific studies do not actually back this claim. However, it is definitely true that dehydration can cause you to look and feel older, so you want to stay hydrated. The amount of water that you need definitely depends on many factors, including body weight, how many fluids you get from your diet, and how often you work out. If you are on any medication, you may need to drink more water because many types of drugs can dry you out. Nutrients present in foods including coffee, lemons, parsley, salty foods, and other diuretic foods can also dry you out and make you look and feel older.
Stay on top of your physical health.
When you get older, you tend to face more and more health concerns. However, as long as you stay on top of your health, the physical changes that come with age should not have too many negative effects on you. Listen to everything your doctor says and make sure you treat your body well by engaging in physical activity. Additionally, evidence suggests many adult men tend to skip out on checkups. Skipping your routine visit to the doctor is obviously a bad idea.
Your doctor can notice signs of certain medical concerns and, by catching diseases early, you can have an easier time treating them. Your doctor can also help you monitor cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart rate to make sure that you are not at risk for age related conditions associated with strokes and heart attacks. If you do not allow your doctor to help you, certain medical conditions can develop without your notice. You can end up causing permanent damage and you can significantly lower your expected lifespan.
Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
It is a common misconception that you need fewer hours of sleep when you get older. Research shows your sleep needs do not change at all throughout adulthood. However, getting older can make it sleeping more difficult. This insufficient sleep is associated with many age related health concerns, including diabetes and obesity. To make sure that aging does not cause your sleep schedule to become unhealthy, you need to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time daily so that your body can maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.
You should also try relaxing before you go to bed so that you have an easier time falling asleep. Exercise can also help you fall asleep, but do not exercise right before going to bed because hormones released during exercise can make sleep difficult for a couple of hours. By getting enough sleep you will start to feel much healthier, but you also should make sure that you do not get too much sleep. Frequent napping and sleeping in too late can cause your brain and body to become sluggish. While napping is good for you if you do not get enough sleep at night, you should avoid it if you do not feel tired.
When you have elevated stress levels, certain hormones end up in your bloodstream. Normally, these hormones help you respond to stress, but you do not want them in your body for too long because they can cause certain age related problems including cardiovascular diseases. Stress can also result in sleep issues and lower your quality of life. To avoid too much stress, try to engage in relaxing activities including yoga, meditation, reading, writing, and other hobbies that engage the parts of your brain that allow you to rest.
Additionally, you should not ignore your mental health. Adult men have a tendency to minimize mental health concerns. However, many mental health disorders can cause you to have a lot of stress, especially anxiety disorders. Therefore, you should reach out for help if you think you might be experiencing symptoms of mental health disorders. Therapy and medication can help you with managing any of your psychological concerns and, once you are effectively addressing your mental health, you stress levels can go down. Even if you do not have a serious mental health concern, therapy can still help you manage your stress.
You need to stay active to stay youthful. Without exercise, all your internal organs will start to deteriorate because they will stop receiving adequate blood flow. Cardio workouts are definitely important because exercising your heart is necessary for making sure you have good blood circulation. However, any form of physical activity will help you with feeling more youthful. Studies have shown that staying active in the sun can increase how effective your workout is, so you should try to get some sunlight daily. Sunlight can also give you vitamin D, which is also important for staying happy and healthy.