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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 October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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