The key to enjoying life is good health. One cannot enjoy wealth, success at business, creative expression or a loving relationship without taking care of their health first. Do not procrastinate because of youth, lack of time or good genes. Everyone needs to start good habits early in life.
Medical and Dental Check-ups
Hopefully your parents took care of this for you as a child. Now it is time to take care of yourself. Do not wait for symptoms to present. Schedule regular appointments with your primary care physician and dentist. The world is full of stories about unexpected and “no symptom” illnesses that were caught early because of having annual physicals or check-ups.
Eat Nutrient Dense Foods
One does not have to spend tons of money on fancy foods and the latest in supplementation in order to achieve optimal health. Eat fiber rich foods to prevent blood sugars from spiking. Eat a variety of fish, nuts, and green vegetables to keep your body healthy. Drink copious amounts of water and unsweetened teas. Avoid processed foods, sugar-laden foods, and fast foods like the plague. Eat healthy meats such as free-range poultry, grass-fed beef, and venison. If tolerable, try intermittent fasting 16 to 24 hours a couple times a week, if not every day.
Instead of joining a gym or promising to exercise three times a week and then breaking the promise, just incorporate some kind of exercise daily. Daily is best because it becomes a habit. A short, brisk walk around the block each morning or evening is better than aerobic classes that get skipped or attended sporadically. Also, the exertion and intensity is more important than the length of the exercise. Don’t get hung up on watching the clock to do an hour on the treadmill; walking at a brisk pace while swinging your arms for 20 minutes is better.
Get Quality Sleep and Lots of It
In order to perform at your best during the day, you need to get 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Sleep in total darkness and silence. Refrain from reading from electronic devices such as televisions, iPads, laptops, or even smartphones. The light emissions interfere with the pineal gland, which produces the sleep hormone, melatonin.
Take Breaks In Life
Vacations are necessary. Don’t be a workaholic, or deny yourself of breaks, days off, and vacations. They relieve stress, increase happiness, and rejuvenate the body. Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself, and recharge your battery.
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