Aging Too Fast? Blame it on Your Zip Code
June 24, 2015
If you’re looking to save on housing costs, you might be better off sacrificing convenience and excitement for a little peace and quiet. It turns out that living in a high-stress neighborhood can directly affect your cellular health, thus causing your body to age at a faster rate—adding a shocking 12 years of biological aging. Not all of us can pick up and move, of course, so what should you do if you live in a stressful neighborhood? Although the study didn’t make lifestyle suggestions to improve the impact of a high-stress environment, exercise can be a great way to help. According to the Mayo Clinic, any form of exercise helps bump up the production of your brain's endorphins, also known as your feel-good neurotransmitters, which helps relieve stress. So go try whatever exercise you enjoy most in a more scenic environment, such as the beach, park or wilderness, and away from where you live. Have you noticed a difference in your well-being based on the stress level of your neighborhood? What do you do to relieve it? Weigh in down below in the comments.