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When you’re in the prime of your life, it can he hard to make yourself think about aging. But if you can consider how you want to age now, you’ll have the time and space to put into practice the habits that will boost your longevity and improve your long-term health outcomes.
These self-care habits tips can help you live well now, and improve your quality of life further down the line…
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It may sound like an obvious point, but eating a diet rich in nutrients is vital for your health, as well as promoting high energy levels and preventing disease. An ideal healthy diet should have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, high-quality protein and healthy fats. You should also be wary of saturated fats, and avoid sugar as well as processed carbohydrates.
Many of us are well aware that eight glasses of water is the recommended amount of fluids for most people. But how many of us actually drink this much? It can be hard to remember, if you’re not in the habit. Research has shown that drinking small amounts of water constantly throughout the day is better than glugging large amounts at a time, as your body can’t absorb it all at once. Try to sip throughout the day, favoring water if you can, as it’s the best source of hydration. (Coffee and tea can actually dehydrate you, so should be limited to a cup or two a day.)
Prioritize Routine Health Visits
While it’s important to look after yourself as much as you can at home, self-care habits can only go so far towards keeping you healthy for life. It is important to have a healthcare professional oversee your care. Whether you visit the dentist once every six months, or see Naturopathic Physicians for your holistic health, the care and expertise you receive from top experts in their fields will be indispensable when it comes to promoting your overall health. Health professionals are also well-positioned to advise you on your habits at home, so feel free to discuss your routines and self-care practices with your medical professional, and take on any advice they offer.
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Some of the most useful healthy self-care habits that promote longevity require daily commitment. For example, taking vitamins, resting your eyes, taking a walk around the block, or drinking water throughout the day can be hard if you’re not in the habit already. If you have trouble remembering to do whatever it is you need to do for your health, help yourself out with calendar alerts on your phone. If you’re not tech-savvy or you’re taking a break from technology, use reminders pinned to the fridge, or post-it notes stuck in places you’re likely to see them at various times in the day, like on the cubby-hole in your car, on your bedside table, or on the wall next to the bathroom cabinet. After a while, your self-care habit will be formed, and you won’t need reminding.
Whether you’re twenty-five or eighty, it’s never too early or too late to start implementing healthy practices in your day-to-day life. These tips can help you set up good habits, feel better, and age well.