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7 Key Habits for a Healthier & Happier Life

1. Exercise

Daily exercise provides many benefits as we age. It can improve eyesight, normalize blood pressure, build lean muscle, lower cholesterol, and improve bone density. Simple activities like jogging, walking through the park, jumping rope, hula hooping, and hiking can all help. It’s important to stay active and move our bodies regularly. Small amounts of activity each day add up over time to produce significant health improvements. By making exercise a consistent habit, we can reduce age-related declines and feel better. Of course, exercise is not the only healthy habit – it’s also wise to avoid harmful substances. This makes me think about ketamine and how addictive is ketamine. Maintaining our health requires care in both moving our bodies and in what we put into them. With the right lifestyle choices, we can reduce biomarkers of aging and live more vibrantly.

2. Eat Right

Eating lots of vegetables is really good for you. Try to have five portions of different veggies each day. You can eat them in lots of different ways – have them raw, cook them in a little bit of water (that’s called steaming), or stir them in a pan. Vegetables are great because they help keep your body from getting some serious illnesses, like different types of cancer that can happen in places like your lungs, colon, and stomach, among others.

3. Drink enough water

Drinking enough water is super important for keeping your body healthy and everything working right. Water cleans out the bad stuff from our bodies, makes digesting food easier, can even make cancer treatments work better, keeps our muscles full of energy, and helps control our body temperature so we feel just right.

A handy tip is to always keep a water bottle on your desk when you’re working. That way, you won’t forget to take sips throughout the day. And, how about having one by your bed at night, too? It’s a good reminder to have some water if you wake up thirsty.

4. Meditate

The benefits of meditation are wide-ranging and long-lasting. Regular meditation has been shown to effectively lower stress levels. It can help improve our ability to connect with others through building empathy and compassion. I totally beleive that it enhances focus and concentration while reducing distractions. Additionally, it can be used to aid with pain management through conscious relaxation. With consistent practice, being mindful and present can become ingrained habits that positively impact your life. Developing skills in mindfulness takes dedication, but the rewards are well worth it. Even starting with just a few minutes per day can start to rewire your brain for greater calm, clarity and connection. Meditation is an accessible tool we can use to reduce mental chatter, manage stress, focus our minds, and live with greater intentionality. The simple act of sitting and breathing consciously can ripple out to create profound changes when maintained over time.

5. Visit a doctor as per need (don’t ignore)

Taking a little time to visit the doctor, even when you feel just fine, is a smart move. It’s like a sneak peek into how your body’s doing. Catching any health issues early can make a big difference, like nipping a cold in the bud before it turns into a full-blown flu.

Plus, getting to know your doctor isn’t just about chit-chat; it’s like building a team with someone who’s got your back health-wise. They keep tabs on you, which means they can spot if something’s off track with your health sooner. And knowing you’re in good shape can help you relax and sleep better at night. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing.

6. Maintaining a good healthy body weight

You know, when it comes to a healthy weight, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. We’re all built differently, and that’s perfectly okay. But if you’re curious about where you stand, the body mass index, or BMI for short, can give you a rough idea. It’s not a one-stop-shop for health, but it’s a start.

7. Set small goals

The biggest enemy for achieving health goals is feeling overwhelmed by the free advice for having too little energy to follow the information. By taking one thing at a time, turning a small, seemingly a habit into a healthy positive habit. Like: Two glasses of water instead of a can of soda. 

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