Nine Smart Lifestyle Choices for Beauty, Health & Happiness
Yes, we all come with an inherited gene pool that determines how we initially look, function and feel. Nevertheless, it’s the lifestyle choices we make as we mature that change those three essential elements of our lives. True, our DNA determines whether we have a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases and syndromes. Nevertheless, if you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure or heart disease, you may well have no one to blame but yourself.
You say you’re not sure what lifestyle choices will help you live longer, happier and healthier? Read on …
1) Eat right. Choose fresh fruits and veggies as opposed to canned. Slip in some poultry and fish weekly, but try to rely on whole grains, beans and legumes for the bulk of your protein. And pay attention to portion control to maintain a healthy weight.
2) Guzzle water. That daily 8-glasses-of-water rule is written in stone. You need to keep hydrated for optimal body function.
3) Exercise daily. If you can’t get to the gym or squeeze in your job, climb stairs instead of taking the elevator, and park as far away from your destination as possible to allow for a brisk 10-minute walk.
4) Drink in moderation. For woman that means one drink or less a day; for men the guideline is two drinks or less a day.
5) Don’t abuse drugs. By that, we mean ANY DRUGS, whether they’re over-the-counter, prescription or recreational. No matter how harmless you think these addictive substances are, they’re toxic for your body as well as your brain.
6) Unwind to relieve stress. Pressure and ongoing anxiety can be as poisonous to your system as sipping arsenic. Relieve stress by try meditation, yoga, crafting or gardening to find the peace and satisfaction that makes life worth living.
7) Take daily vitamins. Yes, those essential nutrients are absorbed more efficiently if their imbibed as food. But if you can’t consume your daily requirements, vitamin and mineral supplements are the next best thing. (Check the expiration date!)
8) Look your best. While we’re not suggesting the devotion of hours to your hair, makeup and outfit, always attend to your hygiene and wardrobe to start off each day feeling good about yourself.
9) Don’t neglect your eyes or teeth. Get your vision checked annually and have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year, with a full exam once yearly. And if you need glasses or dental work, don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Vision and dental problems don’t go away, they just get worse.