You’re about to embark on what could be the most rewarding years of your life. To help you make the most of this time, here are some tips you can employ to ensure you’re living your healthiest life.
Pay Close Attention to What You Eat
WebMD recommends eating a diet full of whole foods such as veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. These foods will help you feel full and give you more energy.
Along with this, it reduces your intake of foods with higher fat and sugar content. The more of these foods you eat regularly could contribute to a host of chronic health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Conversely, a diet consisting of whole foods can help you live longer. It can also ward off age-related illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson’s, and other diseases by changing the parts of your chromosomes that these illnesses target.
Along with a healthy diet, it’s important to get up and get moving—to the tune of at least 30 minutes a day. A simple activity such as walking for 30 minutes daily can provide you with many health benefits such as:
- It makes you happier
- You sleep better
- You have better control of your weight
- Regular exercise promotes stronger bone and joint health
- You’re less likely to get diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure
Yet, the most challenging part of exercise concerns motivation. One way to remain motivated is to find a friend or group who will exercise together regularly. Doing this will hold you accountable and make the exercise seem enjoyable since you’re socializing while you do it.
Another mode of motivation is the gym. Your local YMCA has classes geared for your age group that help you meet others from around your community so you feel connected as you go through this journey.
Speaking of socializing, it’s important to use this time to connect to others. Studies show that if you remain isolated as you grow older, you’re more likely to have higher levels of stress hormones, resulting in an increased risk of getting diabetes, heart disease or arthritis.
With this in mind, there are many resources to help you become connected to others in your community. You can volunteer with a local charity, join a church or use a social networking platform like MeetUp to find people with similar interests.
By socializing more, you’ll feel more connected to your community. This reduces your chance of becoming depressed and you’ll be more active.
Make Sleep a Priority
One way to remain energized is to give your body the chance for a good night’s sleep. To assist you in this, refrain from doing these things at night:
- Drinking alcohol or caffeine
- Playing on your phone or watching TV before you turn in
- Taking medication that makes you perkier
Overall, these steps can lay the groundwork for living a healthy life as you age.
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