Whether you’re a fan of New Year’s resolutions or not, starting another year with fresh eyesight, plans, goals, and perspectives add up to the excitement that the new year brings. This time, we welcome not only a new year but a brand-new decade.
If you’re like most of us, you might also have looked back into the previous ten years and see the changes that are taking place in your life. There may be some dreams achieved or some goals you almost hit but not quite. Nevertheless, at some point, what counts is not the destination but the journey itself because it’s where lessons are being learned.
What makes this new decade even more exciting is that lots of predictions are coming out. Some include interesting innovations in technologies like machine-reading minds, self-driving cars, solar-powered planes, reversing aging in human hearts, and many others, which are truly mind-boggling.
But the one that keeps us a bit more concerned is the prediction of the population growth that’s estimated to reach by up to 8.5 billion by 2029. Experts say when this happens, the world would reach a crisis point since this could entail another set of problems with water, food, and other basic human needs.
Anyway, that’s just a prediction. And our chances of getting there are still dependent on how we take care of ourselves, especially our health today. Before anything else, putting your health on top of your priority list is the best way to start the new decade and stay ahead of the game. To do that, here are effective ways to stay healthy and in tip-top shape for the new decade.
Be more mindful
Ever since technology raided our homes and offices, people are starting to get frantic and stressed with even the slightest provocation. It’s because we’re operating things on a busy and cluttered mind. We have allowed technology to shoo away our once calm and composed selves.
Of course, it’s not technology’s fault. Sadhguru, a living guru from India, said that the technology is never the problem. Rather, it’s our compulsive use of technology that’s driving us to nuts. But if we’re more conscious of the way we use technology, we can make our lives much better.
What he meant is that you need to be more mindful in your life. You need to incorporate a mindfulness practice into your life to keep you grounded. It’s also the best way to combat stress, anxiety, and fear.
One of the best ways to stay mindful is to meditate regularly. Lots of free meditations are available online. You can opt for the guided ones or the ones with nature or soothing music background.
The best times to meditate are in the morning to begin the day with a relaxed mind and body and in the evening before you retire to bed. This enables you to let go of the stresses of the day and prepares your body to have a relaxing, deep sleep.
Take care of your nutrition
Scientists are telling us that there’s a strong connection between the food we eat and the increased risks for serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, and others.
Too much sugar is linked to diabetes. And so is too much carbs. Too much unhealthy fats, which are found in fried foods, baked goods, margarine, processed foods, and fast foods are harmful as well. Unhealthy fats may clog arteries, leading to cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and other problems. Too much salt is also not advisable.
Basically, what your body needs are fresh vegetables, fruits, fatty fish, lean meats, sunshine and clean drinking water to stay healthy and energetic. These are the foods our ancestors ate and which our body remembers as healthy.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Leave behind smoking, alcohol, and a sedentary lifestyle. Don’t take these unhealthy habits with you as you step into the next decade. All these habits have been linked to serious illnesses as well as shattered relationships and broken dreams.
We understand it’s easier said than done. But taking small steps will help you do it. And that begins with step number one mentioned earlier. The more you become more mindful, the more positive you are with your life. Quitting these unhealthy habits will then become less challenging.
How does this make you healthy? Well, accidents on the road or at work can lead to death or injury, which you might suffer for the rest of your life. Doctors admit that brain injuries resulting from accidents are hard to repair. It’s better to stay safe than sorry. So, drive safely and mindfully.
Take regular exercise and movements
Your body is designed to move. Otherwise, you’ll be prone to bone weakness and muscle wasting if you neglect to move your muscles and bones. Regular exercise offers lots of benefits that support your overall health and wellbeing.
Walking, gardening, climbing up the stairs are regular movements that are also considered as cardio exercises. Even if you don’t go to the gym or enroll in a yoga class, you still gain benefits from these movements.
But if you want to take your exercise to the next level, you can try exercising for hours through HIIT or with the help of exercise equipment and machines.
Keep your testosterone in healthy levels
Yes, you have to if you’re 40 and above. Though declining testosterone can be more alarming among the elderly, taking care of your testosterone while younger goes a long way.
Scientists showed that there’s a strong correlation between testosterone decline and mental decline. Having healthy levels of testosterone in your younger years can delay mental decline in your old age.
Since your body no longer produces testosterone as much as it does in your younger years, you should take the necessary steps to naturally increase testosterone. You can do it by having regular exercises, specifically high-intensity interval training, which has been shown to effectively raise testosterone.
Eating testosterone boosting foods also helps. But if your diet doesn’t support this, testosterone boosting supplements may do the job. Just avoid the synthetic ones and go natural.