Living a healthy lifestyle is about so much more than feeling good in the here and now, but futureproofing your body. All of us want to be around for as long as we can, we want to see our children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren grow up. Here are some of the ways you can keep your body fighting fit.
Live a healthy lifestyle
It goes without saying that living a healthy lifestyle will set you up for success. It doesn’t mean you need to be ‘perfect’ but eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of physical activity, sleeping enough each night, and drinking enough water will all benefit your body. Things like bone health are important to build when you’re young, once you reach old age your bone cells can deteriorate quicker than they’re replaced leading to weak and brittle bones. Building up their strength throughout your life and increasing the density means you keep osteoporosis at bay for as long as possible. With a healthy lifestyle, you slash your risk of preventable illnesses. And since heart disease is the leading cause of death, this isn’t something to overlook.
Attend all of your screenings
Living a healthy life is a good start, but attending all of the screenings you’re invited to (this will usually be based on your age and gender) ensures any medical issues are picked up at the earliest stage. This means conditions like certain cancers can be spotted and treated before they become dangerous. Since lots of illnesses don’t show symptoms until they’ve progressed, this is a great way to keep tabs on your health. As well to cancer screenings, eye tests can pick up problems like high blood pressure and diabetes, an audiologist can give you pointers on how to take care of your hearing health such as ways to prevent tinnitus. It’s a good idea to go to your GP once a year, and have them check your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and urine to assess your overall health.
Keep stress down
Stress is a natural human response, it’s something that all of us will experience from time to time. Pressures from work or school, family, money, or health can all elevate our stress levels. While many stresses will come and go and resolve themselves if you’re experiencing long-term stress it can wreak havoc on your body. It can prevent you from getting enough sleep, raise blood pressure, and affect hunger hormones leading to obesity (and all of the related illnesses with that). Life is unpredictable, it’s impossible to alleviate all stresses within our lives as things just don’t work like that. But what you can do is make sure you’re responding to them in the healthiest possible way. Avoid alcohol, drugs, binge eating, or smoking as a way to cope with stress. Take up a sport, practice meditation, and take time out to put your feet up and relax. It’s not a luxury, it’s essential for wellbeing.