Looking back at the young you, isn’t it amazing how agile and active you were back then? Now that you’re older, it doesn’t mean those golden days are long gone. You can still be both agile and physically active, but you have to do it the right way now. You’ll also need to program your mind as life gives you plenty more reasons not to live a healthy lifestyle nowadays. Let me help guide you in the right direction with these practical healthy tips you can use every day.
HEALTH TIPS TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FROM HERE ON OUT
1. MOVE MORE
Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Walk the dog, toss the ball with the kids, mow the lawn, anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool but a stress buster.
If you’ve got time to go to the gym but find yourself getting bored, mix it up a bit. Do 5 minutes’ worth of weights, then 5 minutes cardio and then go back to the weights. Do this back and forth a few times for great results.
2. CUT FAT
Avoid the obvious, such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats. Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream must be eaten in low-fat versions. Nuts, sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts.
3. QUIT SMOKING
Smoking results in more health risks than any other single thing you can do to your body. Your smoking not only harms you but you must also consider how it affects those around you. You only have to give up just one cigarette… the next one.
4. REDUCE STRESS
Easier said than done, but stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques include taking some quiet time alone and thinking positive thoughts, repeat some positive affirmations to yourself that’ll make you feel good about yourself. Spend 30 minutes every day doing something you really like, soak in a hot tub, read a book, watch a funny movie or get a massage.
5. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM POLLUTION
Living in Bangkok was challenging to stay in a smog-free environment. However, you can avoid smoke-filled rooms or exercise away from high traffic areas. Exercising outdoors is awesome if you live in the country areas, however if you live in a big city, exercise when the smog rating is low or exercise indoors whenever possible.
6. WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT
Statistics show that wearing seat belts adds to longevity and helps alleviate potential injuries in car crashes.
7. FLOSS YOUR TEETH
Brushing your teeth is a good habit most people engage in. But when was the last time you gave your teeth proper flossing? It’s a little more time consuming than brushing, and yes, it takes some effort.
Even if you don’t do it every day, make it at least a part of your weekly dental routine. It’s the tiny bits of leftover food that get caught between our teeth that cause the long-term damage.
8. AVOID EXCESS DRINKING
While recent studies show a glass of wine or one drink per day can help protect against heart disease, more than that can cause other health problems like liver and kidney disease and cancer. If you are drinking 2 alcoholic drinks per day, there is a high probability, you have a drinking problem.
Statistically, people who live in completely out of the way colonies like isolated parts of the Himalayas or certain islands off the coast of Japan, just to name a few, live much longer lives (sometimes by many decades) than the average person. These people drink no alcohol, never smoke, eat very little sugar and have no history of death from cancer.
9. KEEP A POSITIVE MENTAL OUTLOOK
There is a definitive connection between living well and healthily and having a cheerful outlook on life. You can only keep one thought in your conscious mind at any one time, try and make it a positive one.
10. GENETICS IS ONLY HALF OF THE STORY
The link between genetics and health is a powerful one. However, just because one or both of your parents died young in ill health doesn’t mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool handed to you. Follow these basic tips for healthy living, and you can better control your destiny.
Practicing healthy living means developing a daily habit. It’s not something you commit to for a week or two and then stop when you’re feeling a bit better. Healthy living is a lifelong commitment. And when I say commitment, it means being driven and passionate about making your body healthier. If you’re just making the commitment recently, don’t worry, as it’s never too late to work on your health.
What really matters is your will to do it and putting in the effort to achieve your health goals. It may seem like a big effort to begin with but as you start to see results, practicing a healthy lifestyle is tremendously addictive and it is a wonderful addiction to have.