The future is not something we like to think about. We are young, strong, and invincible right now and it is an easy mistake to think we will stay this way forever. Unfortunately, that is not the case and eventually we need to confront our own mortality. This doesn't mean you need to spend every day panicking about death. Instead, what you should be doing now is laying down the groundwork that will keep you healthy in your later years.
If you want to stay in tip top shape well into your retirement phase, here are some things you can do.
Get Eight Hours of Sleep
It is very easy in your 20s to be tricked into thinking you can survive off minimal sleep. Your high pressure job and boozy weekends don’t leave you with much down time anyway. This is a fatal error and a habit you should ditch ASAP. Sleep deprivation affects us in a multitude of ways. It can damage our immune system, prevent our body from healing properly, and sour our mood. It is not always possible to get as much sleep as you should, but if you make an effort to get some decent shut eye, future you will thank you.
Drink Enough Water
It seems so simple and yet so many of us do not drink enough water during the day. The recommended amount is around 1.5 litres per day and it is vital that you meet this quota. When you drink water, it flushes toxins out of your body, keeps your internal systems functioning properly and leaves you with nice, soft skin. Water is the elixir of life so don’t skimp on it.
Give Yourself Time to Unwind
Pent up stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your body in the long-run. Give yourself time every day to sit and meditate or to sweat out your stress in the gym. A healthy mind translates into a healthy body and when you are stressed out, you will see physical manifestations of it. You might feel tired all the time or that your immune system isn’t working as well as it should. Clear your mind on a regular basis and you are guaranteed to feel better.
Spend Time Outside
Going for a walk outside has so many health benefits, it is hard to know where to start. First up, it is a great form of exercise and it is completely free (unlike a gym membership). Secondly, it exposes your skin to natural light and fresh air, both of which do wonders for it. Thirdly, being outside triggers happy feelings in our brain and can help clear our mind of any stress we might be feeling, if only temporarily.
Keeping muscle mass in our body is important if we don’t want to become flabby blobs in our later years. We don't need to be pumping iron until we are ripped beyond recognition. Some low-impact resistance training is all we need to do for the benefits to kick in. Try and do a few reps of weights a few times a week to remind your muscle mass to stay where it is and not to diminish with age.