A long and healthy life is the desire of almost everyone. But how to stay healthy and make that century? Staying healthy means different things to different people, but there are some simple habits that can help you lead a more balanced, energized life every single day, no matter what your goals are, leading to a longer life.
Here are a few tips shared by people who have made their century.
Always stay hydrated
Water is very much your BFF (Best Friend Forever). Staying hydrated keeps your body healthy down to the cellular level and it also help keep you away from overeating. You may otherwise mistake thirst for hunger, which can lead to taking in more calories than your body needs from food. Drink a big glass of water, first thing in the morning. Never leave home without your water bottle as dehydration can lead to feelings of hunger, headaches, and lack of energy, so having the bottle helps you stay hydrated.
Enjoy your meals and try to eat without any distractions
Mindful eating is one of those things that is easier said than done, but really worth working on. Try to take at least 10 to 15 minutes to enjoy your meal, distraction-free, i.e., no phone, no TV, no computer, just you and your food. This enables you to really taste and appreciate your food, and you are able to pay attention to your satiety cues. When you are distracted, you are more likely to overeat because your mind is somewhere else other than your plate. Make eating a sacred ritual,and even though you are busy, take pauses in your day to savour your food.
Enjoy some fresh air when you can
Getting fresh air is very important for mental health. Stop and smell the roses, or at least walk by some. Even if it is just getting out of the office for 10 minutes at lunchtime to take a walk around the block, that small bit break can leave you feeling reenergized and put you back in a positive mood.
Find little ways to stay active throughout the day
Even if you have a busy day ahead of you, try to get in some type of workout five times a week.Not only do you get the benefits of exercise, you also use this time as 'me' time, which helps you unwind. And if you don't have time to log a full workout, try breaking it up. A zest for life and an interest in pastimes ranging from amateur dramatics to playing the piano is needed. Try pursuing your hobbies and continue to carry out daily duties from gardening to caring for a disabled child.
Eat your vegetables
Try to include at least three to five vegetables and three fruits in your daily diet. Try to vary them in both colour and fibre content.Vegetables are also lower in calories than other foods, and have vitamins and minerals to offer. Consume nutrient-dense, low-calorie veggies, as a must.
Catch enough of your sleep
Sleep is another best friend of yours. Try to get a minimum seven hours of sleep every night. Sometimes this even means leaving an event early or shutting down my computer by 9 P.M. Getting plenty of sleep not only makes you feel energized and ready to tackle the day, but it leads to better decision making. Not sleeping enough can mess with your willpower the next day and throw off your hormones, which can affect your weight as well.
Try to stay surrounded by your family
Family ties play an important role. Make strong family and friend bonds while young. These will help youpass through your older days smoothly. Elderly people need to be surrounded by family or have loved ones calling in on them daily.
Remind yourself of the things you are grateful for
Even if you are not into meditation (which many healthy people swear by), simply taking a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for can help you feel grounded. Every morning, the first thing to do before even getting out of bed is to think of three things you are grateful for.