If you are in your 20’s, 30’s or even 40’s, you probably think that you’ve got a long time left. Years and years to enjoy your life without worrying about illness or old age. But, the sooner you start making changes to your lifestyle and looking after yourself, the greater the effects will be. Making a few changes now could help you to live a much longer, healthier and happier life. Here’s what you need to do.
Exercise has so many benefits. In the short term, it will help boost your confidence and circulation, improve your skin, help you to maintain a healthy weight, keep your body tight and toned, boost your stamina and generally help keep you happy and full of energy.
But, it can do so much more than that. Getting regular exercise cuts your risks of obesity as you age, reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes and looks after your mental health. Getting 2 hours of cardio exercise a week as well as some strength training can help to keep you fit and healthy for much longer as well as helping you to enjoy life and look great.
While exercising your body cuts the risk of some physical ailments and conditions, exercising your mind can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s as you age. While reading is usually a sedentary activity, it’s a workout of a different kind. Reading books, especially ones that you find challenging and haven’t read before keeps your mind active and alert while also reducing your stress levels and helping to sleep better.
Learn a New Language
Reading isn’t the only way to challenge your brain. Your goal is to use as many different areas of your mind as you can, as often as possible. Learning a new language, playing new musical instruments, writing with the other hand and having a go at puzzles and crosswords can all help keep your mind young.
While it would be lovely to think that we’ll never be ill or have any issues. It’s unrealistic. Regular check-ups from your doctor can help spot problems and keep you healthy, but other help is available. When you start to age, it’s a good idea to sign up for Life Alert in case of emergencies. You could also see a nutritionist to advise you on making healthy changes.
When we’re young, some of us are lucky enough to be able to eat anything without gaining any weight. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not affecting your body. Fatty and unhealthy foods could already be contributing to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol later in life.
Take Time Off
In modern society, many of us are guilty of attempting to carry on even when ill. We almost feel guilty if we take time off. Like it’s not allowed. It is. If you are unwell, take some time off and rest.
Married people tend to live longer, happier lives. They also recover faster if they are unwell. So, while you shouldn’t rush out and marry the first person that comes along, you should be open to the idea.
Basically, the sooner you start taking care of yourself and thinking about your old age, the better!