8 Things To Do Today That Your Health Will Thank You For

Have you ever considered that what you do today has an impact on your health far into the future? The truth is that the things that you do for your health today have a much longer-lasting impact than you might realize. This is why taking care of your health (both your mental and physical health) today is so crucial, particularly if you plan on living to a ripe old age.

We live in a time where health has become an amazing trend. There are health drinks sold in every store, vegan restaurants spreading quickly across the globe, and probiotics in an incredible range of products, from food to skincare. We are incredibly lucky in terms of the time that we live in and the approach to health that the world offers today.

The problem is that far too many people are not taking advantage of the incredible time in which we live and are leaving their health (and happiness) down to chance. But you don’t have to be one of these people if you plan on leading a long and happy life, it is crucial that you start taking your health seriously and make changes to reflect that.

With that in mind, below is a list of eight things that you can do today that your health will thank you for in the future. These are not just things that will impact your physical health but also your mental health, as mental health and wellness is just as crucial to your happiness as physical health.

1. Make more time to socialize

The fact is that spending too much time alone can have a detrimental effect on your long-term health and wellness. That is why it is vital that you make more time to socialise and ensure that you have a vast and varied social calendar. Studies have shown that the earlier friendships are formed, the more beneficial they can be for long-term wellness, so if you have an old school friend who you have drifted apart from, now could be a good time to reconnect. Related research suggests that being lonely puts you at a higher risk of having a weakened immune system, heart attack, and stroke.

2. Wear sunscreen every single day

You are probably already aware that sunscreen prevents sunburn which leads to skin cancer, but are you aware that it can slow the aging process down? Studies have shown that women who wear sunscreen on a daily basis (or SPF protection from another source like foundation) tend to look a lot more youthful than women who don’t. In a study of 900 people, half who wore sunscreen every day, reapplying it throughout the day and a half given no instruction at all about whether or not to use sunscreen, it was revealed that the people who used sunscreen every day were 24 percent less likely to show the signs of aging as early as those who did not wear sunscreen.

3. Make water your go-to drink

It is no secret that water is the super drink to beat all health drinks, but what a lot of people don’t realize is just how good for them it actually is. If you want to do something that your health will thank you for in the future, make drinking more water each day, your goal. Not only does water help to control weight, keep your hydrated, and prevent all manner of nasty diseases, like bladder cancer, for instance, it is also better for your skin and cells. Did you know that drinking fizzy drinks as a pose to water can make you age faster? A study by the University of California San Francisco found that the cells of people who drink more fizzy drinks tend to age more quickly. These people also have a higher risk of a range of health problems, like diabetes, heart-disease, and age-related cancers.

4. Look after your teeth

There is just one part of your body that does not heal - your teeth. Taking good care of your teeth now can help to prevent complications in the future. Just because you take minimal care of your teeth and gums right now and everything is fine, that does not mean it will always be that way. As we age, every part of our body becomes weaker, including out teeth, which is why it is so vital that you take the time to look after your teeth properly now, to ensure that they remain as strong as possible as you age. If you haven’t seen your family dentist in a while, book an appointment today and head in for a checkup. If you need any work doing, don’t put it off, get it done immediately, as that way you won’t need to worry about it getting worse and leading to complications.

5. Do plenty of exercises

Doctors recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week. You may already do plenty of exercises, but if you don’t, now is the time to start. When it comes to working out, there is no time like the present - the longer you put it off, the less likely you are not to be active at all. It doesn’t need to be hours of exercise a day, just a few minutes here and there. For instance, simply by jogging for 10 minutes a day, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 58 percent. It doesn’t matter how fast you jog, just as long as you stick at it and do it regularly, and you should see (and feel) the impact on your health.

6. Take the time to meditate

Stress is a big part of a lot of people’s lives and can have a big impact. There are lots of ways that you can monitor and manage your stress levels, such as exercising regularly for instance. However, when it comes to properly calming down, one of the best methods to use is meditation. Taking some time out each day to sit silently with your own thoughts can have a big impact on your health and can help to ensure that you are as calm and free of stress as possible. If you aren’t someone who is able to meditate in the traditional sense, then taking the time to practice meditation-based exercise, such as pilates or yoga could be the answer. There are various classes that you could attend to learn how to practice these forms of stress-relieving exercise, as well as being plenty of video tutorials on YouTube about the best methods to use.

7. Get outside more

Did you know that the sun contains various vitamins, including vitamin D that are important for your health? People who don’t get out in the sun enough are putting themselves at risk of all kinds of health problems, including various vitamin deficiencies and eye problems. More people than ever before are spending eight or more hours a day inside sat at a computer desk. Being inside, on the computer all of the time can have an impact on your health, including your eye health, making eye problems more likely. The fact is that people who spend time outside more than they are inside, are much less likely to suffer from eye problems, as well as a various range of other health issues. So if you want to stay healthy well into your later years, it is vital that you make more time to spend outside.

8. Smile more

Want to ensure that you live a long life? Then you need to make sure to smile more - yes, really! Studies have shown that people who smile more tend to live longer and lead a happier life because of it. Studies have shown that people who live for longer tend to not only smile more but always look on the bright side of life and never bottle up their emotions, they are easy-going and content people. Laughter is also an important part of staying healthy, so if you haven’t really laughed in a while, it is time to change that. Book a night out with the girls or purchase tickets to a comedy night and get yourself laughing again - your future self will thank you for it.

There you have it, a guide to eight things that you can do today that your health (and future self) will thank you for. The fact is that taking care of your health and wellness is not always easy to do, as with the hectic lives that many of us lead, it is far too easy to miss important parts of our health out. Hopefully, however, the tips and advice above will help you to ensure that when it comes to your health, that you are doing everything right. If you do this, then the chances are much higher than you will lead a longer and happier life, living well into old age - who knows, you might even make it to the big 100!

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