For a lot of people, the future may as well not exist. They feel as if they only have the present moment, and don’t give too much thought to what is just around the corner. And yet, for everyone, before we know it time has passed and we’re a little older. But there are things that you can do in the here and now to pay it forward to your future self and ensure that you enjoy better health.
Our physical wellbeing is something that we often take for granted until there’s a problem, but it’s a better approach to be proactive and try to take steps to improve your health. So what are the habits you can get into now that will benefit you in the future by making your body stronger and more healthy?
Focus on Great Nutrition
The single most important thing you can do for your health is address your diet. Our nutrition is the cornerstone of our health, and by fuelling our bodies in the right way, we can support all their other functions. Start by trying to limit the amount of processed foods you are consuming – these are full of excess sugars, salts, trans-fats and other chemical nasties that spell trouble for the body in the long term. Instead, spend some time learning simple, healthy fresh recipes that you can make at home – batch cooking and freezing in advance if time is an issue. If you struggle with your weight you could also try intermittent fasting, which has been shown to have a range of health benefits alongside controlling weight. Aim to eat a rainbow of different colored fruits and vegetables each day so that your body can benefit from a range of nutrients.
Get Regular Check Ups
Prevention is definitely better than cure, so make sure to schedule those appointments that you need to keep your health in perfect balance. There’s a physical examination with a doctor, and appointments with opticians, dentists and perhaps a hearing test, which you can learn more about before going, or appointments with the physiotherapist if you have any niggling aches and pains to take care of. Often we think we are too busy for things like this and we wait until there is clearly a problem. But health professionals are trained to spot warning signs early on, and may be able to detect something which can be treated easily, but that could develop into a significant issue if left untreated.
Find Exercise You Love
Exercise is great for the body and the mind – and you should be doing a minimum of 30 minutes each day. The trick is to find something you love, and that will help you to be consistent. Whether it’s a game of tennis, an at-home yoga routine or a sweaty online HIIT session, the benefits will transform your health and your life.
Improve Your Sleep
Great sleep quality is the cornerstone of good health, so make sure you are prioritising yours. Simple steps such as banning blue light emitting electronics from your bedroom, making sure it’s dark and slightly cool, and using an aromatherapy diffuser to help you relax and improve the amount of sleep you get and keep your mental and physical health in check.