Nobody’s going to live forever, but most of us want to maintain good health for as long as possible. The lifestyle choices we make now can have a major bearing on life expectancy and our health and wellbeing as we get older. The good news is that taking simple steps can make a massive difference to your health.
Research suggests that inactivity poses greater risks to our health than obesity, so if you live a sedentary lifestyle, it’s time to start moving more and reaping the rewards of a more active lifestyle. You don’t have to lift weights every day or spend every spare moment jogging. Making small changes to your daily routine could make all the difference. Invest in a fitness monitoring device or use your phone to start counting how many steps you take each day or start walking to work instead of driving. Use the stairs instead of the elevator and spend more time doing activities that will get your heart pumping with the kids. Go for bike rides on the weekends or spend time playing football, baseball or basketball in the garden. Your fitness levels will increase, your circulation will improve, and you may also find that your blood pressure and cholesterol levels fall.
A healthy diet should include a wide range of foods, which provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Try to make sure you hit your 5-a-day goal each and every day, and learn to cook at home if you’re dependent on takeouts or microwave meals. Limit your intake of processed foods, salt, and sugar, and increase the amount of whole grain foods you eat. Stick to lean meats and fish rather than eating a lot of red meat and use an app to keep a food diary. If you’re trying to lose weight, this can help you count calories, but it’s also really useful because it shows you what you’re eating. You can see how close you are to your daily fat, protein, fiber and vitamin and mineral recommendations. If you’re falling short or the figures are too high, you can adjust your diet accordingly. Many people are interested in dietary supplements. If you’re thinking of adding supplements to your diet, do some research first. You’ll find articles like AlgaeCal reviews on Supplement Police, and you can also ask your doctor for advice. In most cases, you should get what you need from your diet, but if you’re at risk of illnesses like anemia or osteoporosis, you may be advised to take supplements.
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Drinking in moderation
Many people enjoy the odd glass wine or bottle of beer. Drinking in moderation won’t do you any harm, but avoid drinking excessively. If you exceed the recommended weekly intake of 14 units, you could be at risk of conditions such as heart disease and liver cirrhosis.
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Do you want to be one of those 90-year olds who can still get up on the dance floor at a family party and throw some shapes? If you’re keen to be the life and soul of the party in your old age, take these simple tips on board for a longer, healthier life.
*Disclaimer: Readers are encouraged to seek advice from their doctor before making important health decisions.