Do you feel older than your age? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone! Aging is a natural process that happens to all of us, but sometimes it can seem like we’re aging faster than we should. Luckily, there are ways to combat the feeling of being older than your years. In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons why people often feel older than their age and offer some tips on how to fix it.
There are many factors that can make us feel older than our biological age. As you may have heard the expression, “age is just a number”, for many circumstances – that is really all age is.
We must be aware of both our biological and chronological age. We have to learn to recognize the differences between the two and change our habits in order to feel younger again. The good news is that it is possible to make small changes to your lifestyle that will have a huge impact on your overall well-being.
Read on to discover how you can make some of these changes today.
Chronological Age VS Biological Age
Although chronological age is commonly used, it is not the best way to determine your true age. Two people who were born the same year may have significantly different risks of developing age-related diseases.
Additionally, people may look younger than their age, depending on how quickly they are aging. Luckily, there are several ways to tell whether you’re getting older or not.
Biological Age is a Better Metric For Body and Brain Function
While actual chronological age is a good gauge for your overall health, biological age offers a better idea of how well your body is functioning. Some people may look fit and youthful when they’re in their 70s, while others in that age group may look senile and unhealthy.
Biological age can reveal how well your body is functioning based on chronological age, and scientists are working hard to discover these biomarkers and factors.
Actual Age VS Subjective Age
Chronological age is based on the calendar dates and it is your age according to any official documentation. This is your “actual age”. But when taking into account all of the variables in a person’s life that contribute to the aging process, biological age is an easier marker for people to describe how they feel. Biological age would have to take into account a person’s “subjective age”, or that person’s perceived age.
Chronological age is calculated as one point away from a child’s date of birth. In sports, this age is often used to group athletes by age grade, identify talented performers, and prescribe physical activity limits.
Biological age, on the other hand, refers to a child’s progress toward maturity. This process differs from chronological age and occurs over time for various bodily systems. Additionally, there is considerable interindividual variance in the timing, magnitude, and tempo of change.
Start Feeling Younger Again
If you’d like to feel young again, there are many things you can do. Keeping your diet full of anti-inflammatory foods, getting plenty of exercise, and developing new hobbies can all help you look and feel great.
Friendships can help you feel younger, too. Strong bonds with friends can reduce your risk of obesity, inflammation, and high blood pressure, which are all linked to aging. If you’re tired of feeling old, try getting together with friends for a fun night out.
It’s a Combination of Positive Changes
A combination of physical activity and dietary changes will help you feel and look younger. A well-balanced diet contains plenty of antioxidants and other nutrients, which keep your bones and digestion healthy and your weight at a healthy level. Eating healthier doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. Try eating healthier meals that taste great, and don’t forget to drink your water!
Keep Your Mind Engaged
Another way to feel young is to learn new skills. Learning new skills keeps your mind young, and with the internet, it’s easier than ever to do. While the internet may not always be good for our mental health and scrolling through social media at night leads to poor sleep, the internet is a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. Virtually any new skill, hobby, or information can be accessed and oftentimes, you can find a community online to go with it.
Traveling is another great way to feel young again. New experiences can spruce up your mind and outlook. In addition, getting some fresh air can improve your mood and make you feel younger overall. But even if you’re too busy to travel, you’ll never know where you’ll end up.
Simple Changes Can Make a Big Difference
If you feel older than your actual age, it might be because your subjective age is significantly greater than your physical one. There are many reasons for this. Interestingly, subjective age may predict important health outcomes, such as your risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
While aging is inevitable, many physical changes can be controlled. If you exercise regularly, you can delay many of the physical changes associated with aging.
As we age, our blood vessels become stiffer. This causes our hearts to work harder to pump blood. Exercise, a healthy diet, and a healthy weight can all help prevent and delay some of the effects of aging. It also helps keep blood pressure at a healthy level.
One way to fight the effects of aging is to exercise regularly. Physical activity has anti-inflammatory effects that help the body fight infection. Exercising regularly boosts the immune system and helps improve your general mood.
Studies show that regular exercise improves cognitive function and lowers the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and falls. To get the maximum benefit from exercise, incorporate it into a well-balanced daily routine that includes aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility activities.
Aerobic exercise helps build your cardiovascular system and strengthen your lungs and airways. It also improves everyday stamina. Some good aerobic exercises are walking, swimming, cycling, or even riding a stationary bike. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a balanced diet is important for healthy aging, not just for the physical aspects. A good diet promotes your mental and social well-being. Eating well can also prevent chronic diseases, loneliness, and isolation. Eating a balanced diet contains fruits and vegetables, as well as low-fat dairy products, lean meat, and a variety of proteins. Here are some tips to follow a healthy diet plan:
- You should also add sliced fruits and vegetables to meals and snacks.
- Drink plenty of water and try to avoid drinking sweet drinks and energy drinks.
- Try to consume 2-3 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.
- Cut down on salt intake by replacing these foods with fruits and vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water to aid digestion and absorption.
- Limit your intake of sugary drinks.
- Include plenty of fiber and protein.
A healthy diet can boost your energy level and mental sharpness, improve your immunity, and maintain emotional balance. Eating well is important at any age, but it is especially important as we grow older. It also helps us maintain a positive mental outlook.
It’s important to remember that eating healthy doesn’t mean that we need to sacrifice taste or enjoyment. Instead, we should eat delicious foods that give us a good feeling.
Take Good Quality Supplements
As we have said before, “not all supplements” are created equally. Finding the right supplements can feel like a wild goose chase when you have little to no direction and the internet gurus are pulling your attention in ten different directions at once. One week boasting the importance of turmeric and the next week bone both broth and the next week chlorophyll. It can be exhausting and confusing.
The most important thing about supplements is the quality of the supplements you are taking, understanding their bioavailability, and taking the proper amount of the supplement to get the desired results.
At Combilytics, we incorporate testing that measures your biological age and other factors before starting you on a supplement regimen. This allows each client to have metrics that they can compare or contrast their results to, and more importantly, it provides the information necessary to have the supplements tailored specifically to them. Because of this attention to detail, our clients are able to see real results and track their success.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for mental and physical health at all ages, but even more so as we get older. Insufficient sleep, also known as bad sleep or poor sleep, can cause our cells to age more rapidly and can contribute to chronic illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Even the simplest sleep deprivation can cause physical changes like a stiff neck, headaches, and fatigue during the day. Getting more sleep at night may also help keep us at a reduced risk for age-related problems such as dementia and psychiatric disorders.
Despite what many people believe, getting enough sleep is essential for your health. Research shows that sleep deprivation affects a person’s overall health, from memory loss to depression.
However, sleep deprivation is treatable and often the result of a more serious condition, such as depression. Sleep disorders include insomnia, restless legs syndrome, hypersomnia, and sleep apnea, where your breathing stops during sleep.
People who get enough sleep tend to perceive their actual age as younger. However, research shows that the perception of age can negatively impact one’s physical, mental, and cognitive health. Those who perceive themselves as younger than their actual age are more likely to live longer and are more healthy.
Stop Feeling Older Than Your Age – Start Feeling Younger Today!
There are certain things in life that are out of our control that can cause us to age faster than we realize. As we grow up, inevitability we take on more responsibility, and that on its own can cause us to feel older. While there are negative stereotypes associated with aging, most older people tend to talk about their quality of life rather than their appearances.
Pay close attention to what people tend to wish for as they feel older. Being mentally alert when talking to their friends, being able to pick up their grandkids, tying their shoes, etc. This is a great example of why maintaining a healthy subjective age and doing what helps people feel younger, is important as people enter older age.
EternLFX is here to help with your biological age from the inside, and out. For more information on EternLFX, email Info@combilytics.com.