Habits that are established young in life may help determine how healthy you will be in old age.
Set Your Own Healthy Habits:
There was a doctor attending to a very sick old woman named Lucy. The doctor told her that she must stop drinking, swearing and smoking apart from taking all sorts of pills.
Lucy answered “Doc, I never did any of those things in my whole life.” The doctor smiled, then responded, “Well, that’s your problem, Ma’am. You’ve neglected your habits!”
Like that old woman, we all develop certain habits. And like a dirty kitchen with trash that needs to be emptied out, we all have to get rid of the unhealthy habits we carry with us.
Maintaining good habits and positive attitudes is what we should all be aiming for. Once a couch potato does not mean always a couch potato. It’s never too late to establish good habits, but it’s never too early either. –aging expert – Dr. Judy Salerno
What are your unhealthy habits? What’s keeping you from moving forward? There’s always something we can do in order to improve our-selves. Get a pen and a piece of paper and write down all the unhealthy habits you have.
For instance, do you like to smoke? Do you love eating junk food? Do you always stay up all night? Write them all down. That’s because before we go to the succeeding pages, we need to know what it is that hinders us from having a 100% healthy life.
Think of what you can do to replace these habits. Below are some really good health habits we can suggest. Please note that some of these tips, such as food, exercise and positive outlook are elaborated in the succeeding pages, but it is good to give them a brief introduction here:
1. Be Always on The go
If you don’t want to die early, then you should find new ways to get moving. When you’re at the office, use the stairs rather than an elevator. Walk your pet (get a pet if you don’t have one), play games with your kids, or play badminton or some other sport with friends.
Simply be active—just move, move, move! In imperial China, members of the Emperor’s Court had a very unique way of showing their laziness.Remember, anything that utilizes your limbs not only helps you stay fit but also relieves stress.
They would show their very long fingernails which had been left unclipped, to prove that they didn’t need to work amidst an army of servants. Many of these utterly useless human machines died early from various illnesses associated with idleness.
- Have Daily Physical Activity
The benefits are immense: reduction in blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure, added strength and stamina, unloading of excess calories, use of body energy, relief from stress. Find activities that are fun and enjoyable, and that could comfortably fit into your daily work schedule.
Always Exercise page discusses more about simple exercise such as walking that are some of the excellent ways to be active. You can also go for other activities like weight training, yoga or tai chi, which can build muscles or improve balance and flexibility.
- Reduce Negative Thoughts
It’s important to detoxify the mind. Remember, the mind is like a sponge; whatever you think saturates your mind and becomes a part of you.
If you think positive thoughts, you develop a positive mind. If you think negative thoughts, you develop a negative mind.
Some techniques recommended include thinking positive thoughts consistently. Spend thirty minutes a day doing something you enjoy.
It could be a stroll through the mall, getting a massage, a facial or a haircut, a walk on the beach or in a park, reading a good book, visiting a friend, listening to relaxing music, or watching a great movie.
Stop worrying. An active centenarian was asked to give a single bit of advice to help others live a long life like hers. “People should not worry,” she answered, “95% of the things we worry about never happen, and the 5% that do you can’t do much about anyway.”
Get into the habit of maintaining a positive outlook. There’s definitely a connection between healthy living and having a cheerful outlook on life. Keep those smiles and laughter coming!
- Avoid Getting Angry
There was a belief that anger creates a bodily poison which eventually shortens a person’s lifespan. The truth is, anger poisons your mind, making you less disciplined, more temperamental and less appreciative of good feelings towards yourself and others.
Here’s a simple way of trying to let anger dissipate: count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. You’ll be surprised at how fast your temper will stabilize.
5. Quit Smoking
Did you know that smoking kills over 400,000 people in the US each year? The redeeming fact is that each one of those deaths is completely preventable.
Until recently, one of the most blatant lies tobacco companies had been foisting upon the public was the myth that cigarette smoking never really did actual damage to your health.
Now, with incontrovertible evidence backing up more than half a century of research, it is clear that the absorption of nicotine in cigarettes leads to cancer and a host of other diseases.
But even when it was conclusively revealed that smoking was harmful to your health, people still continued to use tobacco products.
There is in fact a surge in smoking among adolescents and teens, due to the sly use of advertisements that make it look acceptable and fashionable for young people to smoke.
Even if you don’t smoke, you can still get sick simply by inhaling cigarette smoke or what is known as secondhand smoke. Just stay away from tobacco. And if you’re already a smoker, find ways to quit smoking.
- Avoid Working Too Hard
We should work to live, not live to work. The story is told of a farmer who, after years of hard work. Really didn’t have a farm. Instead, the farm had him.
We shouldn’t overwork ourselves to the point that we no longer have time for ourselves. The quest for success is noble, but the path that leads to it shouldn’t be marked by exhaustion.
Japan is known as a nation of workers. But in recent years the government has made moves to address the issue of work, burnout, which affects a sizable number of the population.
In Tokyo, some companies now offer more flexible work hours that allow employees to finish their task without sacrificing quality time with the family.
- Reduce Your Exposure To Pollution
Since the start of mass industrialization during the second half of the 20th century, the quality of our air has reduced greatly. A whiff of fresh air is in fact becoming a rarity.
Pollution has reached alarming levels, worsened by the fact that our ozone layer, the protective stratum that blocks the sun’s harmful rays, now has a hole.
Not everyone can live in a smog-free environment, but we can all avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares.
Try to visit the countryside on a regular basis. Why not plan cycling trips and other exercise activities out of the city? If not, exercise indoors where air quality is good.
Create nature in the midst of concrete. Fill your house with plants ( if you don’t have a garden you can at least buy potted plants), since they release a lot of good oxygen that helps regenerate the air. If you ride a bicycle in traffic, wear a filter mask over your mouth and nose.
- Practice Safe Driving Habits
It’s a fact that many people die from vehicular accidents every year. In some European countries, up to 10% of violent deaths are vehicle-related. In the United States, the number of casualties and injuries from driving under the influence of alcohol is increasing, especially in busy places like California.
The constant reminder not to drive after heavy drinking should always be heeded. Even if you survive a car crash or some other vehicular accident, the physical and psychological changes may be irreparable.
Practice safe driving procedures. Statistics show that wearing seat belts adds to longevity and helps alleviate potential injuries in car crashes.
9. Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Are you fond of alcohol? The intake of alcohol, even in moderation, damages both brain and body cells. Alcoholic beverages generally contain chemical additives that affect people’s physical and mental health. In fact, most suicides are alcohol-related.
While some believe that a glass of wine each day can help protect against heart disease, excessive alcohol intake can cause other serious health problems such as liver and kidney disease and certain types of cancer.
It has been proven that too much alcohol also depletes your supply of vitamin B, vitamin C, and various minerals.
- Minimize The Use Of Commercial Drugs
Synthetic drugs, as commercially made drugs are known, can actually do more harm than healing. It’s best to switch to natural or home-made remedies that have actually been proven to be more effective in healing certain ailments.
If you have a fever, for instance, which do you think is better? Downing so many tablets or drinking a lot of fluids? If you’re not feeling well, isn’t it better to just prepare a bowl of hot soup than go through another round of pills?
-ALCOHOL AND THE UNBORN: If you or a family member or friend is pregnant, alcohol is a definite no-no. Even small amounts of alcohol consumed during pregnancy may affect an unborn child in damaging ways.
The alcohol is not only carried to all of the mother’s organs and tissues, but also to the placenta, where it crosses through the membrane separating maternal and fetal blood systems—and directly to the fetus and all its developing tissues and organs..
- Avoid Substance Abuse
The body was never meant to be a storage area of bad substances. Chemical abuse hurts your body.
Overuse of prescription drugs as well as over the counter medicines is basically another form of chemical abuse.
Some people take too many pills, thinking it would make them feel perpetually good, but actually it makes them even sicker than before. Always look for better ways to treat illness.
The most important advice we can give regarding substance abuse is to STAY AWAY FROM ILLEGAL DRUGS. Taking illegal drugs is the surest way to ruin your life!
- Practice Good Eating Habits
Chew your food well so that it can be properly digested once it reaches your stomach. Don’t hurry through a meal, as this also results in poor digestion and an enormous variety of health problems.
Meal-time should also be a peaceful, refreshing affair where nothing stressful should occur. Don’t talk about negative matters or entertain negative thoughts while dining!
- Practice Oral Hygiene
Believe it or not, a study on youthfulness and longevity done by Harvard University found out that one of the most important contributing factors was daily flossing of the teeth!
That’s because flossing not only rids your mouth of food debris that can cause tooth decay but also minimizes the risk of gum infection.
Flossing and brushing your teeth daily can make you feel and look as much as six years younger. Remember, if you’re really set on doing something good for your health, then stop doing bad things to it. It’s never too late to replace the bad habits with the good habits.
Do you take pills regularly? If you’re taking aspirin regularly to help keep your heart healthy, make sure its’s at the right time. Finding indicate that people who took their pills before bedtime experienced a greater improvement in their blood pressure compared to people who took it the following day. That’s because our bodies—including our cardiovascular system—regenerate during sleep, allowing medicine to do its job better.. -POP YOUR PILLS AT THE RIGHT TIME