8 Habits That Make You Age Faster (And How to Fix It)

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By Power Of Positivity

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you tap into this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~ Sophia Loren

Interesting fact: The Anti-Aging Market topped $250 billion in the year 2016. It’s estimated that the market will continue to grow at a rate of six percent year-over-year.

Another interesting fact: Most people are wasting their money.

Aging is a natural biochemical process of the body. Until we can “hack” into those little things called cells, we’re going to get old.

Until that time, people will likely continue to spend $50,000 on a facelift, inject themselves with toxins, and gladly turn their face into a birthday cake.

We’re a far cry from a legitimate Fountain of Youth.

It seems that many of these folks have never heard the phrase “Prevention is the best medicine.”

While we’ll (probably) never be able to completely and successfully reverse the aging process, there are things we can do to help counteract the effects of aging.

There are also things we can stop doing – this requires understanding the things that expedite the effects of aging.

With this knowledge, we can proactively improve our health, experience more happiness, and live a more positive, satisfying life!

So without further ado …

8 Things That Make You Age Faster

1. High Blood Pressure

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 75 million Americans – or one of every three adults – have high blood pressure.

Statistically, blood pressure tends to spike between the ages of 55 to 64 and slowly increases from then onward. This is problematic, as high blood pressure is linked with an increased risk of coronary disease, heart attacks, and heart failure.


– Lose those extra few pounds.

– Aim for 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise daily.

– Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.

– Reduce salt intake.

– Limit alcohol.

2. Being Overweight

Scientists at the University of Edinburg analyzed the genetic information of more than 600,000 people from 25 different studies across Australia, Europe, and North America.

The researchers discovered that every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of extra weight carried reduced life expectancy by roughly two months. Simple math time: 12 months/2.2 = 5.45 pounds.

Translation: Being overweight by just 5 pounds may take a year off of your life.


– Schedule a physical examination to rule out any underlying conditions (e.g., thyroid disorders).

– Create a meal plan that consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

– Find a workout regimen that works for you. Engaging in physical activity that interests you (biking, basketball, tennis, etc.) is the best way to stick with a workout routine!

3. Smoking

Per the same study by the University of Edinburg, “cigarette smoking and traits associated with lung cancer had the greatest impact on shortening lifespan.”

Smoking the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day reduces life expectancy by an average of 7 years.


– Research smoking cessation programs if you need help.

– If you can’t quit cold-turkey, try cutting back slowly.

– Exercise and meditation are two activities that may help reduce cravings.

4. A Highly Stressful Job

Listen, most of us aren’t doing what we love. According to various surveys, job dissatisfaction hovers around 70 percent in the U.S.

But there’s a gaping difference between an irksome sense of job discontent and ceaselessly hating your job.

According to researchers from Indiana University, “people who have little decision-making ability in demanding jobs have a 15.4% increase in mortality compared to those in less demanding jobs.”


– Evaluate your current level of job-related stress.

– Start looking for a new job, if necessary.

– Learn basic mindfulness and deep breathing techniques (This will help!)




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