You can never be too old to get started on a healthy lifestyle. If you make even a few small changes in your lifestyle, it can help you to live longer and you may even be able to reverse a little of the damage that your body has suffered during those unhealthy years. If you commit yourself now to living a lifestyle that is healthy, then you will be able to enjoy good health well into your senior years. Here are some steps to follow.
Eat a Fresh, Healthy Diet is the Key
To maintain good health it’s important that include as much fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet as possible. There are more than 40 vitamins and minerals that you body needs to function properly, and most of these come from foods you eat. So eat a variety of fresh foods, including as much organic food as you can, preferably locally bought.
Get Enough Sleep
Your body needs sleep to repair and refresh itself. As we age our body’s levels of the hormone melatonin decrease, and we may find we can’t sleep through the night. You should however try to get eight or more hours sleep each night. If you can achieve this, you will have more energy for the following day, and therefore be able to enjoy each day to the maximum, and this will help you to stay youthful.
Get Some Fresh Air Every Day
It’s important to spend time outdoors. Your body actually needs sunlight, which supplies it with vitamin D, a necessary vitamin for the processing of some important bodily components. So get a few minutes of fresh air and sun each day, even if it’s just sitting by the window in your chair, or doing a bit of gardening. You will feel better and stay healthier.
Walking is perfect as a way of getting out in the fresh air and getting at least a little low aerobic exercise. It’s really good for the body to stretch the muscles a bit, and it increases your metabolism. Not only that but it gets you out around your neighborhood, and you come across other people, maybe out with the kids or walking the dog. Have a chat, get to know people. Your body and mind will both benefit.
The human body is comprised of two thirds water, and it needs plenty of water daily to keep it refreshed. In fact you need to drink eight or more glasses of water every day. It helps to keep your organs properly hydrated, so that they can function, and also flushes toxins out.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
If you have always drunk a bit more than you really should or have smoked all your life, it’s high time you quit smoking and drinking. Every time you become intoxicated, or smoke a cigarette, you are taking poisons into your body, and this kills off body cells which are important for your health. Stopping right now means that you will live longer.
Get Rid of Stress
Stress is a killer and although some stressors are unavoidable, you can manage it with some positive thinking and proper support. Reach out to people who can help and encourage you when you feel the need, or join a support group. Health problems can result from stress, including strokes and heart attacks, so it is best that you learn to manage stress now and avoid the consequences.
The golden years don’t have to be spent sitting around. Use the suggestions above, and stay active and healthy.
Author: Jacob Brown