It is far too easy to never think about the future – to pretend that you will be young and fit and healthy forever and to push all other thoughts out of your mind. But, this is a dangerous game to play. You might still feel 21 at heart but your body won’t. You have probably already noticed the effects of eating or drinking too much now compared with when you were younger. As we get older, our bodies react differently to these sorts of things so we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to make the aging process as easy for ourselves as possible.
It is hard in your 20s to think about your 40s and 50s, but it is a necessary evil. If you want to be in your prime later in life, you need to start preparing for it now. Here are seven things you can do to make life easier for yourself in a few decades’ times.
Get rid of any images you have in your mind of bodybuilders and beefcakes. This is not what you should be doing. Instead, use this form of resistance training to build up your strength and tone your muscles. You body will hold on to your muscles mass and this will prevent your metabolism from slowing down in the future.
You have read time and time again about the advantages of yoga and you should believe the hype. Yoga strengthens the core parts of your body, increases flexibility, and protects your muscles. If you can find time to do just half an hour each day your future self will thank you.
Drink Lots of Water
Did you know that water can alleviate some of the symptoms of virtually all illnesses? Water keeps your internal systems functioning properly and flushes toxins out of your body. It also makes your skin lovely and soft and less prone to wrinkles.
Get a Micronutrient Test
This test will tell you which vitamins and minerals you are lacking. Once you know the areas you need to top up, you can make a conscious effort to buy foods that have those micronutrients in them.
Reading keeps your mind focused, a challenging feat in a time of instant entertainment. Try to read before you go to bed instead of watching TV or playing with your phone. This, over time, will increase your attention and concentration skills and improve your memory.
Avoid Inflammatory Foods
You should avoid eating anything that could wreak havoc with your gut. This means minimizing the amount of gluten, dairy, processed meat, and refined sugar you consume. When you eat inflammatory food, your body expends valuable energy responding to it. Save that energy for more important things by cutting inflammatory foods out of your diet as much as you can.
Studies have shown that even five minutes per day is enough to improve cognitive functioning and keep your brain in tip top condition through to old age. Lie or sit somewhere quiet and clear any intrusive thoughts out of your mind. This gives you a chance to de-stress and allow your brain some time to breathe and relax.