We are all familiar with the law “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. Interestingly, this concept does not apply to the field of Physics alone. As we grow older, our health and well-being become a reflection of the habits and lifestyle we took up in our younger years. Though you can always tweak your daily habits for a healthier life in any stage of your life, the sooner you begin, the better the benefits. Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to increase your lifespan and remain in the pink of health as you grow out a few greys.
Stub the bud
This is a no-brainer. It is a known fact that smoking is hazardous to health. Apart from shortening your years, it also gives rise to a plethora of life-threatening diseases like chronic lung problems, heart attacks and even cancer. This habit is so dangerous that it even affects passive smokers present in the vicinity of the smoking zone. The good news is that, once a smoker quits, the body actually begins healing itself from the effects of smoking. Not only does the probability of a heart attack drop in a mere two months, but your body will also jump back to its peak of health in a span of five years. So, the sooner you quit, the better for you!
How good you look outside completely depends on what’s going on in the inside. In order to live long with a healthy heart and good metabolism, it is important to have a balanced diet of whole grains, fresh fruits, leafy vegetables and lean meats. You can also try a completely vegan diet to cleanse your system and add in a lot of organically grown ingredients in your meals to stay wary of chemicals and pesticides. To top it off, make sure you add in a generous dose of multivitamins and other such health supplements in your daily diet for wholesome nutrition.
Food for thought
Living long and healthy is not completely about physical activity and all-around nutrition. As we age, we tend to get comfortable in our skin, with our daily routines in place and the standard set of activities performed on a regular basis. With this daily cycle, we do not give ourselves the time to learn new things or educate ourselves on what’s happening around us. Your brain is a vital organ in your body, so it is important to keep it active. Challenge yourself by learning a new language or trying out a new hobby. This will not only keep you active, but it will also keep you engaged and will make you feel more productive.
You snooze you lose
The saying “Early to bed early to rise” was coined for a reason. Studies show that the urge to sleep in during the early morning hours can be a symptom of a shortened lifespan. Though many people cringe thinking about energetic morning people walking around the house with a hop in their walk, the truth is that an early riser will live longer. Apart from lengthening your lifespan, waking up early will also give you more time to organise your day, workout, spend time with family and ultimately live a happy and content life.
Make fitness your best friend
Fitness and exercise play a huge role in keeping you healthy and active. In today’s technology-driven world, exercise has taken a back seat in our daily lives. The truth is that a mere 30-minute brisk morning walk can do wonders to your body. If walking is not your type of activity, you can always indulge in a sport of your liking or take up some fun Zumba or off-beat water-aerobics classes.
However, there are tonnes of people who love fitness and are willing to take measures in the form of a rejuvenating morning jog or a hearty workout in the gym but do not have the designated place for it. To make fitness a lifestyle, you can opt for a home with a fully-equipped clubhouse. These clubhouses are packed with state-of-the-art amenities like a swimming pool, gymnasium and indoor courts to take your fitness game to the next level.
Keep calm and fall in love with nature
Getting back to your roots is always a good idea. Surround yourself with dense greenery and crisp air to refresh and replenish your body. If you do not live in a naturally lush environment, you can always invest in posh indoor plants or design a cosy sit-out right outside your house with gorgeous creepers and potted plants. Keeping the natural habitat in mind, Chennaites are blessed with a scenic coastline, along the beautiful East Coast Road, which is known for its tranquil waves and spectacular sunsets.
Get the best of both worlds by surrounding yourself with the goodness of the sea. Opt for a quaint sea-facing home, like the Altis Oceanique, and wake up to a remarkable sunrise as you head out for a refreshing jog.
Living a long life is not rocket science. With simple day-to-day lifestyle changes and conscious efforts to stay fit and healthy, you can not only live a long life but a happy one as well. Not to mention, it comes with the added benefit of looking good and boosting your confidence levels. Start today and reap the benefits in your later years!