Lifestyle Changes : A Sensible way to remain healthy as you age
Without wanting to sound sombre, it’s important to acknowledge that every day we put our health at risk through the choices we make, and the lifestyles we lead.
A healthy lifestyle can reduce significantly the risk of heart disease, cancer, liver problems and health issues connected with obesity. And it doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul to your life; it is just about making healthy decisions.
It can be as simple as switching coffee for water, walking to the store instead of driving or taking a relaxing bath every once in awhile.
If you’re worried about the risk your lifestyle plays on your health, or you just want to get a little bit fitter to reduce the risk of problems in the future, try implementing one or more of these small changes below in your day-to-day life.
Eat well and drink plenty of water
I’m not suggesting you cut out all processed meat, cut down to 1200 calories, and never have a slice of cake, but it can be useful to become a bit more mindful about what you eat.
Consuming large amounts of processed food, saturated fats, and refined sugar can put vast amounts of pressure on your heart, and even cause diabetes.
Instead of snacking on chips and chocolate, try fruit or veggie sticks. Drink copious amounts of water, not energy drinks or soda. Little substitutions like these in your diet can make a huge difference, and your body will thank you in the long run.
Instead of sitting in watching television or playing computer games, rekindle your love for the great outdoors. Get out hiking and enjoy the weather, whatever the weather is!
Getting your heart rate up is great for making sure you maintain a healthy heart. Additionally, the fresh air is good for clearing your head too.
Another plus is your body needs the vitamin D it gets from the sunshine to be healthy, so it’s a great idea to get out when the sun is out. If your lifestyle isn’t conducive to spending time outside; change it. You’ll see a whole world of difference.
Many people think the only downside of poor sleep is the tiredness we have to suffer the following day. However, it can be a lot more sinister than that.
Lack of sleep can lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, and all sorts of mental health problems, even years down the line. Getting a good night’s sleep is really important to our general health.
The best way to ensure you’re always getting the best quality sleep you can is by creating a successful pattern: go to bed and wake up around the same time everyday, including the weekends.
Create a bedtime routine that doesn’t fail to make you sleepy: keep all your electronics outside of your bedroom. You’ll see the rewards almost immediately, but you’ll be doing yourself huge favours in the long run too.
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but it doesn’t make it any less true.
Smoking seriously increases your risk of cancer, heart and dental problems plus all sorts of other illnesses in later life. It just isn’t worth the risk to continue smoking.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but the sense of pride you feel when you achieve it is amazing. And all the money saved makes it worthwhile too.
When you quit smoking you smell better to others around you. Your sense of smell and taste come back really quickly, and your body begins the process of repairing itself until you’re almost as good as new.
Quitting smoking not easy, but it’s totally worth it.
Regular Health check-ups
Visiting your doctor and dentist regularly are a great way of preventing any major issues from developing later on in life.
Your doctor especially can check for high cholesterol, blood pressure as well as answer any questions you might have about things that are concerning you.
Going for regular check-ups can save you huge amounts of money too, as it’s cheaper to medicate something small than treat bigger problems.
It’s almost important to get regular std testing, as well as eye tests and gynaecology check-ups. All of these will just check everything is as it should be, and catch problems before they develop into something more serious.
Always ask for help
If anything is worrying you, you should always seek advice, don’t just brush it under the carpet.
While this is especially important for your health, it’s also important in everyday life.Stress can have tremendous negative effects on your health too.
However seemingly small or insignificant your worry is, it’s important that you get help – you know your body better than anyone, so if something is wrong you’re going to know it.
Drink less but dance more
Alcohol isn’t great for us, and can even be a depressant. Long-term heavy use of alcohol can lead to heart problems, liver disease and also mental health issues.
Try to cut down alcohol intake, but allow yourself to continue being in the situations you would usually drink in. If you always drank and danced, just dance – it is great exercise after all.
If you enjoy drinking in social situations, try drinking less and socialising in more varied ways. Cutting down drinking doesn’t mean cutting down on the fun.
Look after yourself
Our mental health is as important as our physical health, while also intrinsically connected. Take time to relax, destress, and look after yourself.
Practice things you enjoy, whether that’s music, running, reading, or stand up comedy. Taking time to yourself is crucial to unwind, especially when you’re living a super busy life.
Exercises such as yoga, tai chi, pilates, or meditation are great for helping to ground yourself when things get on top of you, so they’ll help to keep your mental health in check.
Remember to take a break occasionally and get away from things – don’t let a constant barrage of stress get on top of you. You are your best friend and the only person who can keep yourself happy and healthy.
Your long-term health is affected by everything you do now, so it’s important to make good decisions and take care of yourself, but without compromising everything you enjoy.
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