The Effect of Diet and Exercise On Age Perception

a mom and her daughter exercise indoors while having fun

Nothing will stop the effects of time. People age and our bodies change. However, we often tend to perceive ourselves and others as older because of controllable factors, such as poor health. Fortunately, there are things we can do to improve our well-being that will help us look and feel like more youthful versions of ourselves.

Exercise

The mindful practice of yoga can have a profound and positive effect on even the most stressed individuals. While yoga is not the only form of exercise that has positive benefits, it’s one that has been studied extensively – proven to encourage better sleep, relieve anxiety, and even decrease back pain.

The truth is that any form of exercise, whether aerobic or anaerobic, is good for the body. Staying fit keeps your weight in check, can help purify your body from the inside out, and will have a profound effect on the way your body processes oxygen with age. A good rule of thumb is to plan for approximately 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous or moderate aerobic activity each week.

Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to stay motivated to exercise. Although you know you must remain active, there are a few ways to trick yourself into doing so without it feeling like a chore. One idea is to invest in tools that help you track your progress. A smartwatch is a useful accessory. This is a good choice because it can help you monitor your oxygen levels and show you how active you are each day. A smart scale is also a must-have. Not only will it help you keep track of your weight, but it calculates your BMI and body fat composition, too, so you stay on top of your weight goals more accurately.

Finally, consider setting up a small area in your home where you can exercise without distraction. You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to your routine; a corner of a room where you can move freely will work just fine. However, regardless of whether you transform an entire room into a haven for exercise or simply decide to work out in the living room, make sure you keep the area as clean as possible. This will help you avoid injury and reduce the type of stress and anxiety that clutter and disorganization can cause.

Diet

While exercise is crucial, it will only take you so far in your quest to feel younger and more energetic. The other missing piece of the puzzle is diet.

Healthcare professionals often assert that humans were meant to eat whole foods. There is a good reason for this. Foods in their whole and natural state are more easily processed by the body. Without artificial colors, flavorings, and sugars, we are less likely to experience side effects of processed foods, including premature wrinkling. Whole foods include things like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Harvard University recommends a number of superfoods for a healthy diet, including berries, fish, and olive oil. These types of foods provide antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E, respectively. Each of these nutrients will help your body remain healthy, which will greatly affect how you feel about yourself.

Other ways to feel your best

Diet and exercise are great first steps toward living a better life. But if you want to enhance your overall physical and mental well-being, there are many other actions you can take. These include:

  • Wear sunscreen. UV rays damage the skin by degrading collagen and triggering dryness and wrinkles. You’ll feel better about your appearance simply by taking care of the delicate skin on your face.
  • Spend time with people you love. Spending all of your time alone is a nearly surefire way to experience a decline in health. Forge bonds with people who make you happy, and make a point to spend time with these people regularly.
  • Be mindful of your actions. Everything you do each day contributes to how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Do everything with intention and be mindful of each action you take to interact with the world around you.
  • Get a massage. If you need to unwind after a long day at work or you want a little relief from your workout routine, book a session with Californian Massage. Our technique can have a profound effect on the deepest levels of the body-mind system, which can help promote self-healing.

Age is much more about how you look than how you feel. However, when you take steps to ensure that you feel your best, your outside appearance will reflect this dedication to wellness. Start with diet and exercise because both of which will propel you in the right direction.

Dana Brown
of Health Conditions

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