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Taking Steps to Safeguard Your Health

When you’re younger you can get away with eating takeout and getting just a few hours of sleep. However, as you approach your 30s and head towards your 40s your body doesn’t recover as quickly and these bad habits will start to take a toll on your body. Luckily, you can turn your life around and restore your health by disposing of the bad habits and replacing them with good ones.

The Importance of a Restful Night’s Sleep

Sleep is essential for every person. An occasional restless night will cause you to lose focus and may cause irritability, but it won’t hurt your body. However, a pattern that includes a lack of proper amounts of sleep for prolonged periods of time can actually cause long-lasting negative effects on the body. The obvious symptoms surface on your face with puffiness and dark circles. You may also experience irritability, lack of focus and a constant feeling of tiredness. Beyond those, inside your body organs are not able to repair possibly leading to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even a stroke.

Ways to achieve a Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential for your body, mind and your appearance. Unfortunately, if you haven’t had the proper amounts of sleep for quite some time, getting sometimes trying to get more rest seems impossible. Thankfully, there are ways to turn you around and increase the number of hours you sleep nightly. There are many factors that can contribute to your lack of sleep. In order to feel tired, you need to avoid anything that contains caffeine three to four hours prior to your bedtime. Developing a routine is vital to getting your body ready for bed. Try taking a hot bath an hour before bed and turning off the television. Even watching the news can stimulate the mind preventing you from falling asleep long after you snuggle up on your pillow. If you avoid caffeine and turn the television off and still can’t sleep, it may be time to replace the mattress. If you bought a decent mattress eight to ten years ago, it’s time to consider replacing it. If you don’t have the wiggle room in your budget to purchase a new one there are many retailers that offer mattress financing, making it easy to get one that offers support without having to pay for it in full.

A healthy diet

You’ve heard it before and it’s worth repeating, you are what you eat. If you eat heavy meals and a lot of take-out, you won’t feel good or look good. Foods that have high-fat content will add weight to your body quickly. This will cause you to gain weight and put you at risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes. The food groups you practiced as a kid are even more important now that you are older. Foods don’t break down as easily once you pass your 20s and 30s, making it critical to sustaining a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, nuts, whole grains, and legumes. As you grow older you are not as physically active as you were when you were in your teens. On top of that, your metabolism is slower too. One way to reduce your caloric intake without feeling like you have to diet is to dish out smaller portions and place them on a smaller plate. This way your plate still appears full.

Keep moving

Since your body doesn’t burn up calories as it did when you were younger, it’s important to get up and move. Put a little spring into each step to get the most of each movement you make. Provided your health is good, park the car further away and take a brisk walk to the store and well as other errands you run. Working out is also important. You don’t have to sign up for a gym membership, but you should find something you enjoy and do it several times a week. You can take a brisk walk; go for a bike ride, swim or workout from the privacy of your home.

Safeguarding your health is achievable. If you eat the right foods, get plenty of rest and exercise for 30-40 minutes 2 to 3 times per week you will restore your body to a healthy state.

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