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You’ll Never Know These Exercises Speed up Aging If You Don’t Read This

You’ll Never Know These Exercises Speed up Aging If You Don’t Read This

With the holiday season coming to a close, many of us are looking to start exercising for various reasons. Reasons include weight loss, looking and feeling great, overall health, and looking younger. Exercise is a great way to look younger, but very few of us know that some exercises can actually speed up aging. Below are three exercises that can speed up aging.

1. Spinning

Taking your daily worries on the Spinning bike or treadmill for hours is certainly better than a few post-work cocktails, and spinning can be helpful in slowing down the aging process. Although, doing long frequent cardio sessions can break down your muscles and increase the production of free radicals. Free radicals ultimately can damage the cells in your body resulting in faster aging. If your spin session exceeds sixty minutes, it can cause the body to affect muscle fiber negatively.

A research study looked the effect of heavy exercise on middle-aged women’s telomeres, an aging indicator in cells and discovered telomeres got shorter when women in middle age in their 30s to 60s do excessive exercise. With observations, it was concluded that sudden and heavy exercise requires excessive oxygen consumption, accelerating aging.

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Modifications:

Limit your spin session to a thirty to sixty minute work-out. Shorter sessions are as effective as long as you are committed to being consistent.

Exercise a minimum of two hours after a meal—exercising on an empty stomach or after eating a light snack is great for fat burning.

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2. Crossfit

The definition of Crossfit is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” The key words are high-intensity. Anything that puts more stress on your body results in the speeding of the aging process. Crossfit is a strenuous form of exercise that can lead to overexertion and overuse injuries. Overexertion can lead to sleepless nights and darks circles and bags under your eyes, leading to looking older. Overuse injuries include extreme muscle soreness, unintended weight loss, an increased resting heart rate, interruption in your circadian rhythm, and decreased appetite, all factors that can lead to accelerated aging.

Modifications:

Plan rest into your exercise schedule. There needs to be a balance between exercise and rest. This is important in preventing chronic inflammation and soreness.

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3. Jogging

Hard-core aerobic activity creates a significant demand on your body. Whether you are running, or biking—continuous aerobic stress brings on degeneration and aging. The aging occurs because initially your body will use glucose for energy and later will start consuming healthy body tissue like collagen and muscle for fuel. Once your body starts consuming health body tissue it can result in obstruction of exercise-induced-growth hormone-release (EIGR) response in the body—so you are not getting growth hormone from aerobic activity. Muscles will then start to accumulate glutamine—an amino acid which is a major booster of growth hormone production.

If muscle tissue wears down so does stored glutamine and the production of growth hormone. Thus, as muscle is reduced, the skin has less firmness and sags more. Without anti-aging hormones in the body you have accelerated the aging process. The other result from continuous aerobic activity, is the release of cortisol. Cortisol is released in stress situation, and blocks the human growth hormone leading to brittle bones, thinning hair, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and collagen.

Modifications:

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Limit jogging to three days, with resting for one day, and repeating. You could also alternative with yoga or Pilates for variety. Yoga poses including Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations have been shown to improve circulation and boosy oxygen. New research shows that yoga may reduce the inflammation and help relax facial muscles and stress that also speed skin aging.

These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider before initiating or modifying your exercise and diet plan.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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