When you are young, it can feel as though nothing you do really affects your health. As you age, however, the choices made throughout your life will begin to show up in more obvious ways, whether for good or for ill. Here are some important steps you can take now to enjoy greater health and vitality throughout your life.
Start an Exercise Routine
If there was a magic pill that could enhance your brain function, increase your lung capacity, lower your blood sugar, improve your blood pressure, brighten your mood, raise your energy levels, boost your metabolism, build strength, and stave off disease, you would probably do just about anything to get ahold of one. Exercise does all those things and more. While exercise might take more effort than simply swallowing a pill, it is one of those endeavors that becomes more enjoyable the more you do it. In fact, before long, you won’t be able to go a day without it. The trick to finding a sustainable exercise routine is to do something you enjoy. It could be taking a brisk walk, lifting weights, hiking, biking, or playing a sport. Find something you love and schedule it into your day. This is the one appointment that you don’t want to miss!
Change Your Diet
Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet could also be called the Disease-Causing Diet. It can be hard to resist the pull of the highly processed, sodium-soaked, sugar-filled foods so prevalent in our society, but your life and vitality depend on it. The good news is that, like exercise, the more you choose a healthy diet the more you crave healthy foods. One easy change to make is to incorporate more salads into your diet. Eating salads lets you get more of a variety of nutrients in your diet.
Get Better Sleep
Sometimes it can feel as though there is more to do than there are hours in a day to get it all done. That may be true, but maintaining healthy sleep habits should be non-negotiable. You simply can’t afford to be chronically sleep-deprived. Chronic sleep deprivation causes mood disorders, brain fog, memory lapses, and a weakened immune system. It can even increase your risk for stroke, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Healthy adults generally need 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
Don’t wait for preventable diseases to wake you up. Start taking care of your health now. You will enjoy better health and have more energy now and significantly lower your risk of dealing with disease as you age.
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