Virtually everyone wants to live as long as they can. Of course, that means focusing on your general wellbeing but, unfortunately, a lot of the time that actually gets pushed to the back burner.
If you want to avoid needing a wearable ECG monitor down the road due to poor health, you definitely need to consider paying attention to the inner workings of your body a lot more often. While there are quite a few things that you can do to improve your wellbeing, moving in comfortable increments can help even those who have a long ways to go in terms of improving their health
With that in mind, here are 5 steps to help get you started.
Step 1 - Start Hydrating
Your body needs approximately a half-gallon of water every day. This will vary from person to person due to several different factors, but that is a good goal to shoot for. Your body uses water for the critical job of transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, as well as other important tasks.
Step 2 - Start Using Supplements
Before you even start to consider changing your diet, you need to add a vitamin booster and other supplements to your daily routine. It’s generally estimated that over 90% of Americans have a vitamin deficiency due to diet and other factors.
The various vitamins, nutrients, and macro and micro minerals are essential because they are responsible for a wide array of health benefits. Deficiencies in essential nutrients can lead to both minor and major health problems.
Step 3 - You Knew It Was Coming
That’s right, at this point it’s time to start eating better. Not only does that mean adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals, but it also means that you need to cut back on processed foods and avoid artificial trans fats as much as possible.
Start paying attention to the labels while grocery shopping so you can gauge an item’s nutritional value and better understand what’s going into your body.
Step 4 - You Knew This One Was Too
Exercise is essential if you want to improve your wellbeing, but take care to start slowly. Trying to do too much off the bat can lead to burnout and disappointment.
Get an energy booster and enjoy the benefits of cycling or go for a walk around the block once a day. A few weeks later, bump it up to two blocks. The vitamin D from sunlight coupled with getting your heart pumping faster and your muscles working more are all excellent tools in your quest for wellness.
If you’re unable to get outside, consider starting light therapy at home.
Step 5 - Focus On Your Mental Health
This one arguably could be placed at Step 1 because the fact of the matter is when your mental health is off-kilter, the rest of your health can follow closely behind. If you’ve noticed that you’re excessively tired, experiencing a loss of appetite, have unexplained weight loss or gain, or you’ve been feeling depressed or overly anxious lately, you should address it.
If you’re not sleeping well, consider sleep supplements or CBD oils. Talk to a friend, loved one, or even a professional about your depression/anxiety. Anytime you have unexplained weight fluctuations, you should discuss it with your physician.
Your health and wellness are important to you, even if it isn’t at the forefront of your thoughts at all times. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. Taking it slow at first, going step by step, and staying in your comfort zone while keeping your ultimate goals in mind is definitely a great way to start. After all, they say, “You’re only as old as you feel” and most all of us would like to feel as young as possible.