Do you know your real age—not your calendar age, but the age your body feels it is? I read an interesting article recently on how we can control our aging process and it got me thinking about this subject. I usually post articles on writing, marketing your work and anything else pertaining to authors and readers—however, when I saw this question asked, it intrigued me.
Of course, we know we’re born, we live and we die—but you do have some control over the rate of aging in your life. “Your Real Age reflects not only your risk of disease, but your risk of disability and your energy level now.” This quote comes from the article I mentioned: Act Your Real Age: You Control Your Rate of Aging.
As we age, our body starts to slow down and we’re not as limber as we once were; nor do we have the same amount of energy we did as a child. That’s part of the cycle of life; however, you need to decide if you want to increase your life’s longevity or not. “And that means you have to start building defenses in your 30s, 40s and 50s against attacks that may not occur until your 60s, 70s and 80s…meaning you can start to make your real age younger at any age.”
You’ve all probably heard the expression that--You’re only as young as you feel—that’s kind of what the authors of the article I mentioned are saying. You may be 33 or 43 or even 55, but still feel younger because your body’s real age is younger. So, what makes your real age young?
As an author and a freelance writer / marketing consultant, it’s no secret that I sit at the computer many hours during the day. In one of my posts from a few days ago, I discussed the health hazards of sitting for too long. I recognize that everyone, especially those who have desk jobs and don’t get much physical activity during the day, need to keep exercise as part of the daily routine. Eating a healthy diet, relieving your stress, taking vitamins also helps in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check out the above listed link to find out more helpful tips.
So, do you feel younger than your age? What do you do to stay healthy?
If you have an office job or sit for 8-10 hours each day and then sit again in your car on your drive to and from work, then sit again at home watching TV—you are sitting too long and it’s not good for your health.
Authors, what about you? Do you sit for long hours in your home office—or are you in the category above with an office job and you do your writing at home in the evening? Either scenario is not good for you.
What kind of problems develop if you sit too long each day? For one thing, you get back pains and issues. Sounds like a no brainer, right. However, it’s also been proven that sitting too much each day can be bad for your blood pressure and also increases the chances of obesity. Of course, another no brainer—so what should you do, especially if your day job requires you to sit all day long?
You definitely need to try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine—at least a few times a week. Although, you still need to do more because the few hours each week that you are exercising won’t balance out the high amount of hours that you are sitting. So, how else can you combat this issue?
Take a break during the day. Make sure you go out of your office for a lunch break—even if you bring your own lunch, get up and go for a walk or spend some time standing. Change positions throughout the day—when I was working at my day job, I used to spend some time standing at my desk. I would raise my computer keyboard up onto a box and stand at the computer while I worked. It really helped when I worked, especially since I had a long commute and would be in the car for a while every day. Now that I work from home, I have more opportunity to actually get up and walk around and not be chained to my desk, but I also have arranged my desk so that I can also type while standing if needed during the day.
I read an article, entitled, A Matter of Gravity: too much sitting can compromise your health, and it had some great suggestions on how to help your body as you sit and work each day in the office. According to Sara Daly (physical therapist), you should take breaks throughout the day and make sure to frequently change positions. If you’re on the phone, stand up and walk around. Make a point during the day to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Don’t forget to flex and point your ankles. You can remind yourself to stand up or change positions by setting a computer or phone alarm. If you don’t have an alarm, post notes on your computer to remind you or buddy up with a co-worker to help keep each other in line.
Do you have an office job or another job where you sit long hours each day? How do you handle that and do you think you need to make some changes?