How can you start to take better care of your health?
The older you get, the more you need to think about improving and protecting your health. Living healthy – there are many factors that go into protecting your health, so the question for you is where is the best place to start? Here are some simple tips to help you protect your health.
Lose weight and keep it off
Busy work, little time – the busier you are, the harder it is to keep your weight down. And it’s even harder to lose the extra pounds. But consider this: if you manage to keep your weight under control, you reduce your risk of many diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. That alone makes it worth the effort.
One way to manage your weight is to get enough exercise every day. This means incorporating more activity into your daily routine, preferably regular exercise. A better attitude towards an active lifestyle, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, will also help. Optimal would be at least 3 sessions of 30-90 minutes a week plus an active lifestyle (depending on your health).
Are you a regular smoker? If so, now would be a good time to quit. If you smoke out of habit, it’s very hard, but you should try. The health benefits of not smoking are so numerous that they don’t fit into this article. There is nothing good about this habit from a health point of view. Over time, you will lose quality of life and increase your risk of many diseases. Reduce or at least slow down your smoking frequency. Smoke less and less often. That’s a start!
Limit your alcohol consumption – zero to one is best
Alcohol is part of our society and is widely accepted. This often tempts people to drink more and more alcohol. After all, it can be fun to drink and dance the night away. But is it healthy? Too much alcohol, and especially regular alcohol consumption, is harmful to the whole body. Limit your alcohol consumption considerably. Don’t drink every day, at most every other day, to give your body time to detox.
If you want to lose weight and live healthier, you need to supplement your life and your training with a balanced and healthy diet. This means eating more fruit and vegetables. It is also important to eat lean meat or, for a greener diet, tofu as a source of protein. If you want to go completely vegan, you can replace meat with vegan protein sources such as tofu. Eating healthier also means avoiding many foods you may have enjoyed in the past, such as fast food, overly sweet desserts and junk food in general.
Avoid too much sun
You should continue to get some sun, especially in the morning, as it is your main source of vitamin D. However, you should avoid sitting in the sun for long periods without protection, as UV rays can also cause cell damage. It can also increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
The bottom line
As you can see, protecting your health means making some “compromises”. When taking action, ask yourself whether you are gaining more or losing more. Stay active, keep up to date with the latest news and science. Health knowledge is constantly evolving. Keep up to date with personal responsibility. No one is saying that living a healthy life is easy. But your life is worth considering all the options.