We all want to live a life that is long and healthy and it can be done if we follow some simple but basic guidelines.
Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life but most don’t know how to make it happen. How long one lives is usually determined by the family genes, one’s environment, educational background, nutrition habits and other factors.
In addition, the choices we make in life also make a difference in our longevity. Poor choices can shorten your life and are often made during times of high emotion and lack of common sense.
But, to ensure that you live a long and healthy life there are things you can do that can make a long life a reality. Here they are:
• Make and keep regular health maintenance appointments
• Be moderate in all life activities
• Daily and moderate exercise
• Eat a variety of fresh foods
• Take time for yourself
• Make commonsense choices throughout your life
• Sleep at least 6-8 hours a day
• Make consistent and healthy life decisions
• Grow old gracefully
Moderation in all life activities means being moderate in what you eat, moderation in your work—which means doing your work well but spacing out your work activities so that the work does not become a drudgery and that your work remains productive and effective.
Regular Health Maintenance appointments means taking time at least one a month to self-examine your body—looking for anything that’s out of place, hurting, any noticeable pain or change in skin or other bodily functions and at least once a year go for an annual checkup and any other maintenance type appointments—x-rays, mammograms and pap tests for women and also special checkups for men such as prostate or heart checkups.
Daily and Moderate Exercise is vital for everyone. Keeping regular with your exercise will not only help you physically but also mentally because every time you walk, you keep your brain healthy and in tune, as well as your body. Exercise burns calories, strengthen muscles, helps calm the nerves and is a great help for the cardiovascular system.
Fresh foods such as apples, oranges, bananas, and grapefruit are also good for the body and the mind, especially apples and oranges—due to their high content of Vitamin C. Fresh foods are high in antioxidants and help to fight off free radicals that sometimes sets the stage for different kinds of cancer.
Taking time for yourself should be a high priority. Sometimes most of us find that we give too much to our jobs, our spouse and children or other activities and become worn out, tired and often angry and don’t know why. Usually, it is because we’re overdoing and just need time for ourselves. Take an hour or more when you can and just do something that you want to do. You will find that you will be more refreshed and eager to return to your work, family or other.
Make commonsense choices when it comes to deciding what to do. Before making a commitment or plans to do something that could endanger your life or someone you love, think first about the consequences of what you plan to do. Will you end up alright once this choice is over or will your health or someone you love—their health—be in danger. Give good thought before you make a decision that could affect you life or someone you love in a negative way.
In addition, check with your doctor first and if he gives the O.K., take an aspirin a day—a children’s aspirin (81 mg). This will help reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Try to get at least six to eight hours of sleep or more each day. Sleep is more important to your health than most realize. When you sleep well you give a boost to your body’s immune system and sleeping well also helps to prevent obesity and becoming overweight. When you sleep your hormones are helping to keep your appetite regulated. It may sound strange but hormones that regulate your eating, are produced at night while you sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will more inclined to eat more, making up for the lost hormone work that goes on at night. And, getting enough sleep also help to regenerate your muscles. If your muscles are not regenerated adequately with enough sleep, then gradually they will wear down and become weaker. Like the rest of your body, they need rest and rejuvenation.
And, taking a walk in the sunlight can be helpful, especially for seniors. Vitamin D, that comes from the sun helps to maintain strong bones and helps greatly with sleeping.