20 Things That Age You

by Sherry Riter in Aging,Self-Development  

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Old age…If you’re lucky, it is the inevitable condition.

Just as the rings of a tree trunk tells the age of the tree, so our bodies can also tell our age. We all would like to get old, but for the most part, we don’t want to have our bodies age. Imagine how great it would be if we could know everything we know now, but have the body we had when we were twenty years old. Woohoo!

Don’t get too excited. I haven’t learned the secret to turn back time nor did I find a magic anti-aging potion. However, I do know a few things that will make you age more rapidly and possibly cause you to have an earlier date with Heaven.

20 Things That Age You

No one really wants to feel the effects of aging, but doing the things on this list will negatively affect the condition of the body and bring about rapid aging. Not only will the body feel older,but it will also look older. So let’s take a look at this list.

  1. Smoking cigarettes, pipes and cigars.
  2. Drinking alcohol, especially too much of it.
  3. Indulging in drugs.
  4. Getting too much sun.
  5. Breathing polluted air.
  6. Being generally overweight.
  7. Having belly fat even if no other part of you is fat.
  8. Having high blood pressure.
  9. Being a couch potato which means you aren’t getting enough exercise.
  10. Feeling stressed. Having stress. Being TOO STRESSED!
  11. Not getting enough sleep.
  12. Getting too much sleep.
  13. Eating too much sugar.
  14. Not eating fruits and vegetables every day.
  15. Eating too much saturated fat.
  16. Poor dental health.
  17. Prolonged inflammation in the body.
  18. Not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids.
  19. All work, no play makes you dull and unhealthy. That’s a double whammy!
  20. Not having enough sex. You knew that would be on the list.

What a list! Wow! So let’s see how many of the things on the list I am guilty of doing… 

“You can’t help getting older,
but you don’t have to get old.
~ George Burns ~

Alright, I’ll tell you. I can’t believe I do 8 of the things on the list! Obviously, I have room for improvement especially since I don’t want to look like this aged wood post. I’m sure that you also do a few “aging” things, don’t you? So how many are you guilty of doing?
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No. I definitely don’t want my face to look like the top of this post. No way.
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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Skip_D June 12, 2012 at 1:31 am

I can admit to 7… maybe 7-1/2. OK, could be 8.

I can’t believe we have the same number!

One thing’s for sure… You’re never going to look like that post!!!


2 The Redhead Riter June 12, 2012 at 7:20 am

LOL Thanks SKip! I don’t want to look like the post, that’s for sure!


3 Brenda June 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

Ok, I am guilty of 6 BUT I like my saturated fats and I LOVE food! hehe As for #20, yeah, it’s definitely hard to squeeze that one in when the hubs goes to sleep by 8 pm. 🙁


4 The Redhead Riter June 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

8pm is rather early, Brenda, but sure you can “squeeze” that one in anyway. LOL LOL LOL


5 By Word of Mouth Musings June 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

Good lord I am going to be a relic …
no sleep, too much coffee and wine, and really, I need to have more sex? 😉


6 The Redhead Riter June 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

A relic? LOL That really cracked me up. And yes, you do need to have more sex! Can you ever have too much? Um, no. LOL


7 Stéfan June 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

That’s a good list, my friend. Yeah, I do a handful and a half of those items…


8 The Redhead Riter June 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Saying it like that doesn’t sound so bad! LOL Aren’t you just so clever, Stéfan?!!!


9 Katherines Corner June 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

7-11-20 are things I need to work on everything else I’m good to go xo


10 The Redhead Riter June 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

IS THAT ALL KATHERINE?! I’m jealous! Well, except for the #20 answer. LOL


11 Lori June 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Guilty too, to 6 on the list. Not getting enough sleep is the hardest for me to fix. Just can’t make a good night sleep happen.


12 The Redhead Riter June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Lori, I just can’t seem to make myself go to bed when I need to go!


13 Sharon June 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Depending on how you look at it, I’m either a five (things that I do) or a 15, (things I don’t do). I like the idea of being a 15; it’s better than being a 10, but at 67 I have no choice but to say, I’m getting old… er, which is okay, because I AM getting old… er. Wonderful post, my dear. Love to read your work.


14 The Redhead Riter June 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Thanks Sharon! By the way, you aren’t old. You are 29+! LOL That’s what I always say about myself!


15 Roy L. Murry June 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

# 21 Getting Hacked on Twitter


16 The Redhead Riter June 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

LOL Roy! That really cracked me up! Yes, getting hacked on Twitter would age me too!


17 katlupe June 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

Thanks for this list! Now I know what I need to do or not do. I have just started a goal of changing my life and your list exactly covers it. Though I have aged more than I ever thought I would since ten years ago.


18 The Redhead Riter June 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

You know, Katlupe, I feel like I’m 80 years old sometimes. LOL


19 nicole@hersocialnetwork June 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Love it! I don’t do most. I must confess I need to have more sex. I said, it. I’m not having nearly enough and it’s fun too! Love this list!


20 The Redhead Riter June 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

LOL Nicole! I won’t tell anyone about your confession. LOL Glad you enjoyed the post!


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