What is the most significant health move you should make right now?
A lot of illnesses are preventable. You are in control of your own health.
- Act now to make a change
Women and men today live by the myth that they’ll clean everything up after the age of 40. The average 30 year old has an unparalleled chance to live to 100- if she takes care of herself. But what is pertinent to us now is slipping into a pair of size 2 jeans every morning, finding the love of our life or scoring an outstanding career.
True, you can develop heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer long before you’re a centenarian. But you’ll lower your risk for all of these disorders by following one simple prescription; avoid smoking, eat well and exercise. All of the elaborate research we can come up with is never going to change that.
2. Pay attention to what you eat.
Food is more vital than we understand. It has as much of an effect on health as cigarettes do. Too many people worry about calories but pay little attention to the nutritional value of what they eat, often avoiding certain foods or whole food groups. For example, many trust that all fat is bad. But foods like nuts, avocados and olive oil contain monounsaturated fats, which should be a part of healthy diet. What should we eat? A good daily basis is at minimum five portions of fruits and veggies, about six servings of whole grains and three small servings of lean protein. And try making more meals yourself. Many of us feel we don’t’ have time to make meals from scratch. But there are thousands of fast, easy dishes you can cook at home out here.
3. Put yourself on your to-do list.
Over 50% men and women spend less than an hour a day taking care of themselves. We’re worth more than that. Not convinced that taking care of yourself is imperative? Follow your heart’s example. The heart is a pump, designed to take oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. But which part of the body does it pump to first? Itself- your heart can’t do anything unless it takes care of itself first. If making yourself a priority isn’t second nature, it should be. If your list has 12 items for you to do today, you should be the focus of three or four of those items. Call a friend, get some exercise, read.
4. Make your doctor your health friend.
The pressure of doing business can put even the best doctors in a serious time crunch. Of course, communication is a two-way street. Initiate conversations with your doctor about everything that’s going on with your body. Spotting problems early is a key part of making it your granny or grandpa years. For example finding a breast lump when it’s small can save your life. We can now say; yes you have breast cancer but you should live to be 95.
5. Find a happy medium.
We feel pressure to be faultless. But being healthy is about feeling good about yourself, and that starts with your awareness.
It’s hard to think of a greater health concern than monitoring your stress. Regrettably, some of that stress may be self-inflicted. When we hear that we need to guard our health, what we really hear is “we need to be perfect in one more area.” Such meticulousness often fails. For example, a seriously overweight woman possibly needs to lose weight. But she may think that if she can’t be fashion model thin, why try? It’s best to have a more stable viewpoint.
6. Halt your search for a magic bullet.
Popping a pill can’t substitute a healthy lifestyle. We need to ask as many questions about natural medications as we would about prescription drugs. If you still can’t resist instant wonders, there is one comparatively speedy solution for many health ills. We’ll say it again: workout.
It’s one of the best investments of time we can make. It helps us live longer and feel happier, and it makes us more effective and watchful, so we really get more accomplished.