Bad habits that age you quicker?

It's not comforting to know that a lot of the things I enjoy are some of the things that can make me look up to 12 years older than I am.  That scares the bejeebs out of me, so I've decided to cut down on the things that will make me look like a leathery hag by the time I'm 40.  The three most important to me: smoking, drinking, & lack of exercise.  There are a bunch of other bad habits people have that age them much quicker, but those three are the ones that I (and apparently, over half of America's population) have trouble with. 

There are 5 main bad habits that can age a person's body and skin more rapidly: smoking, excessive drinking, greasy / fatty foods (a lot of them, for years), lack of sleep, and lack of exercise.  To learn more about how these bad habits affect your body, read this article.

The following is an excerpt from a CBS news report on bad habits VS. your age -

"The risky behaviors were: smoking tobacco; downing more than three alcoholic drinks per day for men and more than two daily for women; getting less than two hours of physical activity per week; and eating fruits and vegetables fewer than three times daily.

These habits combined substantially increased the risk of death and made people who engaged in them seem 12 years older than people in the healthiest group, said lead researcher Elisabeth Kvaavik of the University of Oslo..."

12 years?  That's awful.  That's a lot of years, your entire childhood is pretty much a solid 10 year span, and most of your life's memories occur in that time.  Imagine looking like you were born almost an entire generation earlier?! Ew.

So, the verdict's in and I'm going to quit smoking, I'm changing my diet, and I'm (probably) going to drink less.  If I already have a problem with these dark bags under my eyes, I can just imagine what my problems will be when I'm 30 and a heavy smoker. Yuck!

**webcake xoxo


Anonymous said...

I always put off going to the gym, you gave me a bit more motivation to wake up and go! =3

webcake said...

Heeey! :D I barely go myself, I know it's awful.

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