7 Habits That Are Aging You

Find out if you're accidentally sabotaging your health.

7 Habits That Are Aging You
By Toni Gasparis
We all have habits that we maintain, but did you know that certain common habits may actually take years off your life? Certain things that you regularly do could increase your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in addition to contributing to weight gain and depression, which are all factors that age your body. Learn about what you should change in your life in order to be healthier and live longer.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

If you have a busy schedule, sleep is usually the first thing in your life that gets neglected. But a proper amount of sleep on a regular basis is very important for your body to function properly. Lack of sleep has been proven to cause health issues such as depression, anxiety, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Many of these issues can lead to improper aging in the body and in some cases may lead to an earlier death. Make sure you are getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you find yourself struggling to get Zzzs try and set a sleep alarm so you know at what point in the night it is time for you to prioritize sleep.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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