Future-Proof Your Body: How to Create a Healthier Lifestyle
As you will be aware, the lifestyle choices you make can positively or negatively affect your physical and mental health. However, it can sometimes feel an uphill challenge to make the right decision for your mind and body.
It is, however, essential to future-proof your body to protect your self-confidence and maintain good health. Find out how to create a healthier lifestyle.
Find a Diet That Works for You
If your weight refuses to budge no matter how hard you try, or you feel constantly hungry on every diet you undertake, you might need to adopt a low calorie loss plan. For example, you could embark on intermittent fasting or the keto diet. However, it’s often a smart idea to discuss your options with your doctor before embarking on a new diet.
If you want to develop lean muscle, improve your eyesight and bone density, normalise your blood pressure and cholesterol, and decrease the signs of aging, you should start exercising every day.
As little as ten minutes of exercise per day can make a dramatic difference to your health, and there are many ways you can add more physical activity to your lifestyle. For example, you could take your dog for a walk, participate in a sport, take dance lessons, cycle to work or embark on a home workout.
Improve Your Sleep Schedule
Do you often find yourself staring at the ceiling when trying to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night? If so, it could be due to a poor sleeping schedule. However, it’s important for both your health and happiness to enjoy between seven to eight hours of sleep each night, as it can:
- Lower your stress levels
- Improve your memory
- Help you to lose weight
- Decrease your risk of depression
- Reduce bodily inflammation
- Prevent the development of serious health conditions
To ensure you fall asleep with ease, try to go to bed and wake at the same time every day. It might also help to embark on various relaxation exercises, such as yoga or meditation. Also, ensure your bedroom is completely dark and write down any worries or concerns to stop them from circling in your mind.
Develop a Positive Mindset
A negative mindset can impact various aspects of your life. Not only is it a confidence killer, but it can cause depression, stress-related disorders, and a poor immune system.
Proactively care for your mental and physical health by:
- Starting the day with a positive affirmation
- Viewing failure as a life lesson
- Finding the humour in a bad situation
- Focusing on the many positive things in your life – no matter how small they might be
- Counteracting negative self-talk with positive self-talk
- Focusing on the present moment
- Spending time with positive people
Make Time for Short Mobility Drills
A short mobility drill will take only five minutes out of your day but could improve your posture and prevent neck and lower back pain. Every morning you should wake up and rotate your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles, and don’t forget to open up your spine, too.
You could even embark on simple exercises to improve your flexibility and range of motion, such as lunges, planks, squats and cat stretches.
Stay Hydrated to Support Your Health
Almost every health complaint can be alleviated with water consumption. A hydrated body can help your body to return to a natural state of health, as it can effectively:
- Flush away harmful toxins
- Lubricate your joints
- Decrease inflammation
- Increase your energy levels
- Boost your metabolism
- Support digestion
- Improve mental performance
You’re bound to experience a noticeable difference in your health by increasing your water consumption, which can provide your body with both short- and long-term benefits.
Receive a Micronutrient Test
Micronutrients (calcium, omega 3, potassium, magnesium, etc.) are present in almost every food you eat. However, it is possible you could be suffering from a deficiency that could be damaging your health.
For example, a vitamin B12 deficiency could be causing your tiredness, vision problems, light sensitivity, or tingling sensations in your body. If you allow the issue to progress, it could potentially lead to a serious medical condition, such as dementia or cancer. Ensure you are not suffering from a deficiency by arranging a micronutrient test with your doctor.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
While alcohol can have various health benefits when enjoyed in moderation, excessive consumption can negatively impact your heart’s health. For example, while a glass of red wine can improve your health, too much alcohol can affect your weight, liver, and mental health.