Everyone has different reasons and motivations behind living a healthy life filled with the correct nutrition and fitness. For many it’s because they want to look good, for others it’s because they want to feel good, but how many think about living a healthy life now to enhance their quality of life in their later years?
Personally, I chose to live a healthier life after members of my family were diagnosed with cancer. I was essentially shocked into changing my lifestyle for the better.
Although many don’t like to think about, growing old these days isn’t as much as a worry thanks to advances in science, medicine and technology; from pioneering surgery to digital hearing aids, there is a lot to ease the struggle age can bring to some. However, there are a number of changes we can make to our lifestyles to help improve the quality of our lives. There’s a few little tips that I like to follow below –
– Sit Less – Many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting! Studies show that excessive sitting can lead to being overweight, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and premature death. So make sure you get up and about while in the office. Every hour go for a little wander; go make a brew, go to the toilet, go chat to your colleague, or just stand up while on the phone!
– Eat More Seeds – There’s been a big concentration on eating plenty of protein and vegetables in national health campaigns. However there isn’t a big push to eat your healthy fats! Nuts and seeds are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fats all which work together to affect your heart, brain and waistline. One serving a day can diminish inflammation and provides satisfying fibre, protein and immune-boosting minerals.
– Juice for Health – We all know that we should be getting at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. However sometimes this can be difficult which is why I swear by juices and smoothies – it’s a great way to sneak extra portions in!
– Sweat More – Daily exercise could be the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth! Regular exercise has countless effects on your heart, mind and metabolism. Even if it’s just a quick walk around the block – it’s better than sitting still!
– Love Yoga – Yoga is fantastic for the body and mind. Taking just ten minutes to stretch a couple times a week is definitely work it. Improving your flexibility, building muscle and perfecting your posture are great ways to increase your quality of life as you age.
– Drink Less – Alcohol isn’t exactly filled with health benefits! Although there are many studies that show drinking a couple of units of red wine can benefit the heart, for me the only health benefit to drinking would be the social aspect. Sitting around with friends having a good catch up is great for the soul. Going out multiple times a week getting paralytic drunk isn’t good for the heart, self esteem, bank balance or waist line!
– Do What You Love – Every day take some time to yourself. Make sure there is a little bit of enjoyment in each one of your days. Whether you love your job and see that as your enjoyment, love going to the gym, or enjoy a long soak in the bath. Taking some time to yourself is important!