Our health habits are the automatic decisions we make that determine how we treat our bodies on a daily basis. While you may not feel the effects of bad, unhealthy habits now, the negative effects on your health will be revealed as you continue to age. Making changes to your habits is the simplest way to prevent chronic diseases, and preserve your health and well-being as you age.
Our bodies are designed to move, and movement is essential for our health. Regular exercise has positive effects on all systems of the body, from your internal organs to artery and vein health.
Exercise should never be boring or monotonous. Find an activity you love, and that makes exercise an enjoyable experience. It doesn’t matter whether this is a fitness class at your local gym or a brisk walk in the park. Check out my list of easy workouts you can do at home.
Few activities have as many proven positive effects on the mind as meditation. Simple mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety, help in the management of depression and chronic stress, increase happiness and an overall sense of well-being, and improve cognitive function in many ways.
All of these effects are free. All that is required is at least ten minutes, and someplace to sit.
Regular Sleep Pattern
Sleep, along with exercise and diet, is one of the main determinants of your long-term health. Most people in modern society live in a state of chronic sleep deprivation. This affects both our minds and our bodies. Along with the well-known psychological effects, sleep deprivation has been shown to be associated with diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and many other chronic health problems.
Create the habit of going to bed and waking up around the same time every day, and sleep for seven to nine hours each night.
Eating Fruits and Vegetables With Every Meal
The modern diet is grossly deficient in fruits and vegetables. Both fruits and vegetables contain micronutrients and phytonutrients that are essential for your overall health. Attempt to eat at least one serving of vegetables and fruits with each meal of the day, preferably at the beginning of the meal. This simple improvement in your diet will help reduce the number of calories you consume daily, and provide you with a variety of nutrients that your body needs.
Limiting Your Sugar Intake
Added sugar not only contributes the development of obesity and diabetes, but also has damaging effects on your heart and the health of your veins and arteries, not to mention mental health effects. According to Intermountain Vein Center, vein treatments can occasionally be challenging, and nobody wants to deal with the anxiety or depression that can be brought on by improper diet. To avoid these health effects, it is best to eliminate added sugars from your diet. Make it a habit to replace sugary drinks with water, limit sugary desserts to once or twice a week, and limit snacking and meals to non-processed, nutrient-dense foods as much as possible.
In ten years, you don’t want the neglect of your body and your health to be your biggest regret. Adding these five simple habits to your daily life will lead to improvements in your mental and physical health, and will help to maintain your health as you inevitably age. Start now, and your future self will thank you.