I get these emails from this web site called Real Age. Now, I tend to take all this stuff with a pinch of salt, as they have a motive of course – to buy medications, and supplements from their sponsors.
However, I took their ‘real age” test again today, and I’ve got a bit younger, but I’m still older than I am really but only by 0.2 of a year.
I seem to be doing much that is right. They list things like little or no exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke (apparently that kills 20,000 people in the US every year). My blood pressure is good, I don’t drive to fast, I get enough vitamins, don’t eat too much red meat, have a diverse diet, don’t drink too much, take no medications, and clean my teeth every day.
Things I do wrong, which I already knew about, include not eating breakfast every day, being overweight and not doing enough exercise.
Although I clean my teeth every day, at least twice, and use a mouthwash, according to this survey, I am prematurely aging as I don’t floss my teeth on a daily basis. Oh shock, horror, disgust, I hear some of you exclaim!
It goes on to recommend that I should eat more grains, more vegetables and more fruit. I thought I did quite well in those areas, as I eat wholemeal bread at least 50% of the time, and always wholegrain rice. I eat fresh vegetables with most meals, with a good selection of green stuffs like broccoli, cauliflower, collards etc. As for fruit, I know I should probably eat more. I eat bananas quite often, but I simply don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I find savory items more appealing. I will try harder.
All in all, not too bad then, but my biggest failing is lack of exercise. I guess I should start some kind of walking regime each morning. I always find lots of excuses of course. Lack of time for one. I’m not a morning person, but perhaps a brisk walk will help wake me up, and put me in the mood for some breakfast. We’ll see.
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