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Your Future Self Will Thank You For Adopting These Healthy Habits

Your Future Self Will Thank You For Adopting These Healthy Habits

There are no guarantees on how long you’ll live; genetics might indicate one thing, but random accidents might change things. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t adopt certain habits now to prolong your life and your health. No matter what your genetics might say about your life expectancy, your future self will be grateful that you made some healthier choices in your youth; it’ll be thanks to you that they won’t have to rely on medication until much later into their future. Here are some of the healthy habits you can incorporate into your life now, and spare your future self the health repercussions.

Exercise

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It goes without saying that regular exercise in your youth will have excellent long-term benefits. Doing regular exercise can help to reduce high blood pressure (hypertension), lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, and keeps your cholesterol in check – and that’s only the benefits exercise has for your heart. Your bones will be healthy, you’ll reduce the risk of diabetes, you’ll be 25 percent less likely to develop certain cancers, and your mental health will greatly improve. No matter how busy you are, you can always find time for exercise. You can choose to walk or cycle to work, sign up for dance classes, or buy a few weights to help you workout at home. Your future self might enjoy freedom from medications and only seeing a doctor for annual check ups, but they’ll mostly enjoy having a fit, lean body long after all signs of youth have disappeared.

Quit smoking

Even when you know exactly what happens to your body when you smoke regularly, and you realise that every cigarette shortens your lifespan, the addiction makes it very difficult to give up your smoking habits. But not impossible. There are number of methods available to help you kick this habit for good such as nicotine patches, support groups, or Ecig Starter Kits if you’re looking to ease off the habit slowly. There’s another way you could also quit the habit for good; take up more exercise. Exercise burns off calories, reduces the cravings for cigarettes, and it may prevent any expected weight gain expected after a year of quitting smoking. In the past, you might have had trouble with exercise because the nicotine from smoking made your blood sticky, thus narrowing your arteries and affecting your blood flow. When your muscles don’t get oxygen fast enough, your body can’t work as well. After being smoke free for 48 hours, carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body. Your lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris, and your body will contain no nicotine whatsoever.

Eat healthy plant foods

Whether you choose to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet, or not, you should still try to include plant-based foods into your diet. Consuming a wide variety of plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans, may decrease disease risk and promote longevity. For example, many studies link a diet rich in plants to a lower risk of premature death. It’s also been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, depression and brain deterioration. Vegetarian and vegan diets have also been found to lower the risk of premature death by 12 to 15 percent, although this could also be explained by the fact the vegetarians and vegans are more health conscious than most meat eaters. Nevertheless, a more plant-focused diet provides more essential nutrients for your body, and is naturally low in calories and fat. Finally, when combined with regular exercise, a balanced diet with plenty of plant-based food can lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Avoid stress

You’ve probably noticed that it’s difficult to switch off from work mode when you’re constantly stressed about deadlines, goals, and the commute to work. That’s because when you’re stressed, your hypothalamus triggers your body’s fight or flight response. The longer you remain stressed, the longer your body is preparing to run from danger or fight an unseen enemy. If this keeps up for a long time, it puts your body at serious risk of insomnia, heart attacks, high blood sugar, fertility problems, and a weakened immune system. Find ways to reduce your stress levels, whether it’s taking up yoga or meditation, listening to music, or finding a hobby that takes your mind off work and other commitments.

Adopting even one of these habits will prevent you from looking back with regret.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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