When we turn 30, most of us start to notice that our body doesn’t quite bounce back the way it used to. Exercise gets tougher, big heavy meals are tougher to shake, and a cold that we could have brushed off easily a few years ago keeps us in bed for days. Now, we all know that we should probably be exercising more. We know that we should probably be eating better. But the truth is that we need to start taking many different areas of our lives more seriously, and the longer we ignore them, the greater damage we do to ourselves. Now that spring is here, there is no better time to start making a list of the parts of our bodies and minds that we need to give greater support.
If you have been looking for inspiration on how to take your health more seriously this spring, here are a few tips to help you get started.
Start Taking Your Sleep Seriously
There cannot be many people who are perfectly happy with the amount of good quality sleep they are regularly getting. It is so easy to tell ourselves that we will catch up by having a lie-in at the weekend, but there are several knock-on factors from not getting enough sleep. Doctors recommend that adults should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Now, getting enough sleep has not always been easy over the last couple of years. If you have been struggling to sleep, then think about cutting down on alcohol and caffeine. Avoid taking your screens into the bedroom with you and try to introduce a routine so that you are going to bed and getting up at the same time every night. Or get better-quality sleep throughout the night with the vitamin patches.
Start Taking Cancer Seriously
There are few health issues out there that scare us more than cancer and with good reason. The numbers show that most of us will suffer from one form of cancer during our lifetimes. Now, there are obvious risk factors that you can take out of your lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol, and avoiding processed meats. However, you can also be more prone to developing cancer if it runs in the family, and we should all be getting regular checks anyway. A full-body MRI scan is a great way of checking for any early warning signs of cancer, and it is so important because this is an illness where the chances of it being treated are improved by catching it early. Check out Ezra’s full guide to how MRI scans work and why they are important. Ezra has locations across the US, and they have detailed explanations of how their services can help you.
Start Taking Your Heart Health Seriously
Speaking of serious health issues, we all need to be taking our heart health a lot more seriously. Heart disease is the biggest killer out there, and there are a lot of lifestyle factors that you can change, which will give you a better chance of avoiding it. Think about how you can get more active to start with. You should be getting at least twenty minutes of intense exercise a day, so look at how you could fit more exercise into your daily routine. Your diet is also one of the biggest factors. Try to cut down, or cut out, on red meat and avoid saturated fats, salt, and sugars. If you are a smoker, you need to quit as soon as possible. Heart disease is just one of the several major health conditions that can be caused by smoking.
Start Taking Your Self Care Seriously
It can be so easy to push our self-care routines and comforts to the bottom of our to-do list. While self-care may seem less important than some of the issues we have been discussing, the fact is that it has a big part to play on your mental health. We have all been pushed to the point of burnout and beyond over the last two years. We have had so many responsibilities to consider and additional stress factors. It is so important that you take time out of your day to do something that is just for you. Whether it is taking yourself for a drink, running a bath, or going for a weekend away, you deserve it.
Start Taking Your Muscle Health Seriously
People have finally started going back to the office, but most of us have spent the last two years working from home. Unless you are lucky enough to have a properly kitted out home office, most of us will have been making do with a less than ideal workstation. That means that we have been putting a lot of strain on our spines, shoulders, and other muscles. This is the kind of thing that can go on to have long-lasting consequences, and it is not going to go away if you just ignore it. Make sure that you are stretching regularly throughout the day and think about trying yoga exercises. Exercising regularly will help, but it may be time to go to a physio if you are uncomfortable.