As you make new year resolutions, changes to your health are probably in your top five goals. By making a few smart choices, you can live a more balanced life to slow down the aging process.
Indulge in Natural Foods
Start with eliminating processed foods and sugar from your diet. And don’t forget the foundation to a healthy diet – fruits and vegetables. Research indicates that you should eat a minimum of two to three servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
The fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants found in these organic foods will improve your overall health. A study found that your daily fruits and vegetables serving may reduce the risk of heart disease by 76%, Additionally, a healthier diet will boost blood circulation, which in turn, reduces inflammation. Eating more veggies may even reduce the chances of contracting breast cancer.
Check Your Hormone Levels
In the anti-aging war, hormones play a significant role not only in how quickly we age, but how our bodies break down over time. As we age, we begin to experience a decrease in hormone levels. In men, this can begin happening as early as their 40s and 50s, while women similarly experience menopause. By seeking treatment, those hormone deficiencies can be corrected, giving you more energy and focus than before.
Live an Active Life
Working out a few times a week is good, but it may not be enough. Doctors recommend getting some form of high-intensity physical exercise on a daily basis to improve the mind, heart, and metabolism function – this can add up to four years to your life!
By adding variety to your workout routines, you can maximize those benefits and amp up your fight against aging. Rotate your workouts to maintain positive muscle growth and feel youthful and well balanced.
Maintain a Positive Mindset
Having a clear mind is just as important as diet, fitness, and hormone management: a negative state of mind can damage your health. Instead of focusing on your stress, start each day with a positive outlook and be confident that you can deal with any unexpected curves life throws at you.
Cultivate New Friendships
Recent studies have revealed that a lack of a strong social network of friends and family negatively impacts our health. People who lack strong relationships are at a greater risk of developing heart disease and experience higher levels of inflammation, which leads to disease.
Long-term loneliness can also lead to severe depression. People who lack enough social ties can develop anxiety and are prone to other mental illnesses. For this reason, it’s important to maintain existing relationships and develop new friendships.
Living a balanced life doesn’t come without sacrifice, but your willingness to change your lifestyle is a first step in the right direction. By managing your life this year, you will feel healthier and happier—and maybe even take a few years off your aging process!