Keeping your health on the up and up in the present is important but, you it’s SO important to set long-term health goals too! You can do a ton to improve your health in the future by making smarter decisions right now! Before setting your New Year’s resolutions, take on these suggestions for living a lifestyle that improves your future wellbeing!
Adopt a regular fitness routine.
Let’s start with the lifestyle aspect that gives most people grief: exercise. The reason so many people dislike it is because I truly feel they don’t approach it with their future goals in mind, and more just the feeling they get in the NOW (exhaust, tiredness, pain, etc.) and the time it takes out of their day before it becomes a routine priority. A lot of people also may choose a physical activity they end up disliking or have preconceived notions about and they may also do it excessively on their first attempt. BUT, the key is to just start small. Don’t try to lift double your body weight at the gym because you might injure yourself. Getting into good physical shape is a gradual process, so rushing it won’t set you up for long term success! Start off by running on the treadmill for 5 minutes, then 6 minutes, and so on (slowly increase the speed and inclination too, for a better workout)!
Above all else, if you want to adopt a regular fitness routine and reap long-term health results, I encourage you to find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy while doing it, at least at first! If you don’t enjoy running on a treadmill in a gym then run around your local park so it’s more of a scenic experience! Or join a sports club if you’re looking for more of a social activity that doesn’t feel like exercise (tennis, basketball, kickball, etc.). You could even take up karate lessons or dance classes (yep, still workouts!). Think outside the box if you want to improve the health of your heart and your mind in the present and the future! If you don’t know where t start, check out a personal training studio to get your started and on a great path! A studio can totally help you find a fitness routine that suits your lifestyle that you enjoy while also helping you set goal timelines!
Think about nutrition in your diet.
Good nutrition and a healthy diet is essential to your long-term health! Most people think only about their waistline when it comes to their meals! That’s why so many fad diets exist-to help people slim down quickly. Not only are these diets incredibly unhealthy but they also aren’t viable in the long-term (these diets make it easy to slip back into old eating habits). A long-term healthy diet needs to be nutritious so that your body is sustained! The food you eat impacts more than your waistline-it can affect your mental health as well! Eating food rich in antioxidants (e.g. apricots, broccoli, carrots, etc) can prevent cell damage in the brain! Thinking about nutrition in your diet will protect your long-term mental and physical health. Think about more than slimming down when you’re eating. Don’t cut nutritious food out of your meals.
Finally, you need to start sleeping well if you want to stay healthy. A good night’s rest doesn’t just give you energy; it strengthens your immune system, keeps your metabolism working speedily, aids muscle repair, and improves your mental state. So, a cup of coffee isn’t really the solution to sleep deprivation; you just need to spend more time in bed. 8 hours of sleep per night should be your goal. We’re all told to be productive in modern society, but the ironic thing is that you’re making yourself less productive if you get less sleep. Plus, your fitness routine and diet won’t have an entirely positive effect if you’re sleep-deprived; as explained, your metabolism slows down and your muscles don’t recover properly. Think about your present and future wellbeing – start sleeping well.