Is age starting to make you feel different from before? While you might have the energy or pep of a 19, 20 or 21 years old do you feel sluggish and tired no matter how much rest you seemingly try to get? As we age the body operates differently. Multiple physiologic changes contribute to this; however most of the causes beyond medical ailments can still come down to several things: what you eat, how active you are, how happy you are, and how much you minimize stress.
Let’s start with exercise. Whether you enjoy exercise or not, there are fun ways that you can go about doing it, so give it a try. Listen to your favorite music and do a few dance steps for 15 or 30 minutes at a time. That will give your cardiovascular system a boost and put a smile on your face as well. Going for a walk is always a good activity to pursue; make it fun by taking along your dog if you have one. The walk will certainly be a little more adventurous that way. Just a walk as far as you are comfortable with to start with, then extend the distance on a regular basis to build up your endurance.
If you have access to a pool, then swimming is one of the least traumatic exercises going. With this activity, every part of your body will get a work out. If you feel like being more active, join a soccer league and really give it a go or sign up for a boot camp that covers the area of the body that you really want to work on. Make the activity a regular routine so that it becomes a consistent part of your scheduled activities.
Create a healthy eating plan with special attention to any familial issues you need to account for. If blood sugar problems or cholesterol elevation is an issue then you can logon to the American Dietetic Association website and get lots of tips on how to address these particular needs as well as following the advice of your family physician.
Many eating plans are out there which promote health and wellness including Paleolithic and Gluten Free for example. Be adventurous and try these out to see how they work for you. Seek out vitamins that are high in fiber, vitamins and protein.
Always avoid fried and processed foods as much as possible. They are not very friendly to your blood vessels and internal organs. Eat fresh fruits daily with your breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for snacks.
Couple these eating and exercise habits with fun activities and minimizing excessive stress will go a long way to improving your health. So, get started today; no excuses.
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