Are you making the right lifestyle choices? Everyone has peaks and troughs over the years, but keeping yourself as healthy as possible will do two things. Firstly, it will mean you live longer. And secondly, you will feel better for longer. In this article, we’re going to take a look at five simple things that you can do today that will increase your life expectancy. They will also make you feel a lot better about yourself. Ready to make some changes? Let’s get started right away.
Do some exercise
Stop what you are doing right now and go out and get some exercise. Not only that but start to include it in your daily life. You don’t have to go nuts at first – even a twenty-minute brisk walk can count towards your weekly exercise. As you get fitter, you’ll begin to feel capable of increasing your heart rate even more. Soon, you’ll be doing high-intensity interval training and pushing yourself to your absolute limits. That won’t happen today or tomorrow. But it will happen if you keep going.
Eat better food
Put down the can of cola and packet of crisps and have a glass of water and a carrot instead. Although it might not sound appetising, you only have to eat healthy food for a week or so, before your taste buds start to change. When they do, those cream cakes and sugary snacks will be far too filling for you. Also, you won’t believe that you could eat so many of them before your new regime started. One thing to point out – don’t do a diet. Diets don’t last; lifestyle changes do.
Quit the smokes
There are far too many products available to replace your nicotine habit, which is why it seems silly to still be smoking. Switch your cigarettes to an electronic cigarette and you will notice the difference within a week. The week after that, you will start to notice the smoky smell on other people – and you won’t like it. You will have a bigger lung capacity, feel better, and be healthier all round. Sure, when it comes to e-cigarettes, there is still a lot of research to be done. But whatever the results, most doctors right now will congratulate you for making the switch – which tells its own story.
Visit your doctor
When was the last time you visited your doctor? It’s a known fact that people that pay more visits to their GP live longer. Now, we’re not advocating going every week, or every time you have a slight cold, but regular visits will pay off. A check up or two every year or so will help you nip some severe conditions in the bud. High blood pressure, heart disease and cancer can all be treated if caught early enough. It’s as simple as that.
Relax more. It will reduce your stress levels and help you take stock of yourself. Take time off work every so often and spend some time doing something you love. It’s good for the soul, the brain, and the heart. The one thing you will notice about people who live for many years is that they are remarkably chipper. So do your best to take time out when you need to.