Have you been dreaming about the day you will retire, or are you currently fine-tuning your plan to reach retirement within the next few years? Maximizing your health by adopting a healthy lifestyle now, before retirement, and continuing to live that healthy lifestyle could be the secret to retirement bliss.
The key is to start now! Even if you are under the age of 45, it is never too soon to take positive steps to build your health at the same time as you are building your wealth in preparation for retiring. After working hard all your life, you want to be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour, and live the retirement of your dreams!
So here are 10 best ways to incorporate healthy changes into your life now, to maximize or build your health before you reach retirement: (in random order)
1. Balance your blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar stable, stopping it from ‘spiking’ and ‘crashing’ day in, day out can go a long way towards avoiding such degenerative diseases as metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, and diabetes. Eat lots of whole foods like fruits, vegetables and healthy whole grains.
2. Maintain your ideal body weight. By maintaining your ideal body weight you will be reducing your risk of serious degenerative health issues such as obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoarthritis.
3. Eat balanced meals and snacks every day to get proper nutrition, help keep your blood sugar balanced and give your body energy throughout the day. Each meal and snack should include the right amount of fiber, protein, and good carbohydrates from whole foods.
4. Switch from eating highly refined foods to eating whole foods. Highly refined foods like junk food and sugar are empty foods, void of nutrition. They rob your body of health and energy and create degenerative health issues. Whole foods are foods that are unrefined, or have minimal processing such as whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Whole foods contain vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that feed and nourish your body.
5. Get healthy exercise every day. We were not meant to be sedentary – our bodies are designed to move. Getting exercise doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym and working out every day. Daily exercise could be any number of things such as walking, riding a bike, playing tennis or badminton, yoga, golfing, skating, skiing, playing Frisbee or being physically active with your children or grandchildren. Choose to do a physical activity that is fun, and it probably won’t even feel like exercise!
6. Drink enough water on a daily basis. Because our bodies are nearly 60% water, almost all of our body’s systems require water to function properly. Our muscles, joints, blood and circulation, digestion and elimination and our nervous system (including our brain) all suffer if we are not getting enough water every day. Water can be taken in through foods that have a high water content or by drinking pure water, or herbal teas.
7. Find enjoyment in your life. Get involved in an activity or hobby that you really love doing, something that brings you happiness and feelings of peace and harmony. Take time to look around and enjoy your surroundings. Surround yourself with people you enjoy being with, and that are supportive of you.
8. Laugh a little – it could help you live longer! Laughter is a miraculous thing… it can reduce stress, helps build your immune system, and it can literally give you a different way of looking at a situation. It stimulates the release of endorphins in the brain – a natural chemical that helps you feel good. Amazingly, recent studies (University of Chicago) indicate that having a great sense of humor can actually add as much as 8 years to a person’s life! That’s a fantastic benefit to seeing the humorous side of life!
9. Get out in nature. There is definitely something therapeutic about being out in nature! Whether you are digging in your garden, walking along a beach, or hiking with friends in the mountains – you are sure to feel the grounding and calming effect nature has on you. It can give you a new perspective, change your mood, and recharge your batteries.
10. Think positively – it could have an impact on your overall health! People who are optimistic tend to approach unpleasant situations or stressful situations in a more valuable and effective way. This can decrease the harmful impact stress can have on your health. According to the Mayo Clinic – studies have shown that being optimistic can decrease depression, increase lifespan, help the body resist illnesses such as the common cold, and give you an overall feeling of wellbeing – both mentally and physically. Being positive can also help increase personal relationships and social connection because people want to be around others that have a positive and uplifting attitude.
Are you investing financially for your retirement, and would like to start investing in building your health at the same time? Not sure where to start? Contact me, and let’s chat about how to customize your healthy lifestyle to reach your retirement goals with great health, vitality and energy!
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