When we are young, older people would always warn us to take care of our bodies. Our parents or grandparents would say “my bursitis is acting up, that means it’s going to rain.” Well, a new survey from OnePoll shows that we are now feeling those aches and pains that the older generation would complain about, but we are staying young mentally.
The new survey of people age 25-45 reveals, 64% of us feel older than we are and 4 in 10 have aches and pains that they have no idea where they came from. So what IS making us feel old?
While the average American has seven different aches they can’t explain, Mentally, however, 73 percent feel younger than they really are.
1 in 3 surveyed say that being a parent has aged them, while another 33 percent blame their work environment (comfort and ergonomics) instead of stress from the job.
No real surprise, but the survey reveals a link between aging and nutrition. 36 percent of Americans admit that one of the hardest parts of adulting is having the energy to cook a nutritious balanced meal every day.
Integrative Medicine Physician Dr. Taz Bhatia said in a statement “Our perception of aging can be influenced by many cultural factors, but it ultimately has little to do with our overall state of health. It’s important to listen to your body, especially when it comes to nutrition,”.
Roughly 1 in 4 rarely or never consume fruits and vegetables. Nearly 1 in 3 rarely eat fish. Just FYI, The USDA recommends two servings per week.
63% try to make up for the lack of nutrition with vitamins and supplements. However, 2 out of 3 feel like they should be taking more than they do.
Close to 9 out of 10 Americans are concerned about their heart health, Immune health, and eye health (87%).
Since it’s the beginning of 2021, this is the perfect time to think about what we eat, how we are treating our bodies, and what changes we can make to be healthier as we get older.
Bette Davis said it best, “Getting old ain’t for sissies.”
To good health in 2021!
-- Doug O’Brien