Time is humanity’s greatest enemy, and eventually, the years will start weighing on us all. However, while we can’t cure aging, there are many healthy habits you can start today that will help you age more gracefully. This means delaying how long it’ll take for some effects of aging to set in, and maybe avoiding some of the consequences of getting old altogether. After all, building a few healthy habits today can lead to massive quality of life improvements down the line.
Here are some of the daily habits that can help you age more gracefully. And keep in mind that you don’t have to do all of these to get some benefits — even just choosing to commit to one of these habits can already make a big difference.
1 – Get that beauty sleep
Insomnia and poor sleeping habits have been linked to an increased risk of various health conditions, including heart problems and depression. That risk only goes up as you grow older, and to top it all off, lack of sleep can actually lead to premature aging. This confirms what you had probably already guessed: sleep is actually very important.
Most people can get more sleep and improve their sleep quality by simply following a regular sleep schedule, and by practicing proper sleep hygiene. However, if you suffer from chronic sleep troubles, it’s important to speak to a sleep specialist as soon as you can. The sooner you solve the problem, the less damage it’ll cause to your overall health. And if the problem can’t be solved, a sleep specialist can give you advice on how to maximize the rest you get.
2 – Watch what you consume
When it comes to foods and beverages, it’s what you eat every day that makes the most difference. So keep an eye on your daily eating habits, and on whatever else you put into your system daily. After all, it’s not just cigarettes and alcohol that can damage your health if taken daily — copious amounts of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and other common substances found in unhealthy foods can all take a toll on your health if said foods are consumed daily.
3 – Look after your skin
The skin is the biggest organ in the body, and it’s all too easy to forget to protect it. And while anti-ageing treatments such as Botox, cheek or lip filler can help rejuvenate the skin as you grow older, in the long run, it’s always healthier to protect your skin from harm using moisturizers and sunscreen.
4 – Find a fun way to stay fit
Statistically most people who start exercising give up within five years, that is if they don’t give up within five weeks. The issue is motivation: unless you’re particularly vain, wanting to look good will only keep you going for so long. And while most people want to stay healthy as they grow old, it’s hard to stay motivated when your goal is to prevent issues that may only occur 40 years from now.
Hence why finding a fun way to stay fit is so important. If you find a physically demanding hobby you actually enjoy doing, then you are much likely to actually make it a part of your routine. Whether it is running, swimming, biking, or practicing a martial art — one of the biggest favors you can do yourself is finding a physical activity you actually love, so that exercise won’t have to be a chore.