There are limitless reasons to prioritize your health. From simply feeling better to saving money on healthcare costs, paying closer attention to your well-being will only enhance your quality of life. It’s a common misconception that it’s easier to be unhealthy than the other way around. There are many things you can do each day to put your health first.
We’ll start with one of the most obvious health tips: exercise. Moving your body promotes cardiovascular health, muscle tone, and balance. Physical activity helps keep your bones strong and your muscles flexible. If you don’t have a gym membership, look for one in your area that fits your schedule. Then, plan to take a few fitness classes (seniors with many Medicare plans can join a gym for free through SilverSneakers). This will keep you motivated and may even help you develop a new passion for self-care. Just don’t forget to stretch before and after each workout.
Soothe Your Skin
Did you know your skin is your body’s largest organ? Not only that, but it protects all of your internal organs to boot, so it’s constantly pulling double duty. By showing it some love, you’ll look and feel better. One of the best things you can do for your skin’s vitality is to keep it hydrated. Drink plenty of water (a squirt of fruit juice makes it more palatable if you’re trying to replace a soda-drinking habit). You can also eat water-dense foods like celery and cucumbers to give your complexion an extra boost of vitamins and minerals. Nurture it from the outside as well by treating yourself to an in-home steam treatment. You can hang a eucalyptus branch from your shower head or add a few drops of lavender essential to a loofah. Next, let the hot water run for about 10 minutes — your skin will soak up the moisture, giving it a lovely suppleness and glow.
Find a Friend
As we get older, our friendship circle tends to dwindle and then disappear, but it should not. The health benefits of having positive people in your life can’t be underscored enough. Not only do your companions provide support when you need it, but they can also keep you accountable for your actions. They may also provide a boost to your mental health and lower your stress levels. If that’s not enough, people with a positive peer network also tend to have stronger immune systems. They suffer from fewer inflammatory conditions than those who don’t.
Learn How to Cook
Sure, you can scramble eggs and make the best toast in town, but that’s not enough to get the most out of your food. Check out Pinterest or YouTube for great recipes and step-by-step instructions. Plus, don’t be shy about searching for recipes that you never would have thought to try to whip up. Adding a diverse range of waist-friendly fare to your diet will give your body the fuel it needs to thrive. In addition, it will keep you from being bored by the same healthy recipes day after day. When time is in short supply, you can use your new kitchen knowledge to create great-tasting make-ahead meals that your entire family will love.
Spending time in nature is undeniably linked to better health. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reports that simply walking through the forest for five minutes can:
- lower blood pressure,
- improve your mood,
- expedite recovery from illness or medical procedures.
If you don’t live in a wooded area, a stroll through the park or an afternoon playing ball with the kids in your own backyard will have the same effect.
You don’t have to overhaul your entire life to prioritize your health. However, spending a little time each day exercising, caring for your skin, and focusing on healthy foods will pay off in a better life and possibly more years to live it.
Chiropractors can save you time and positively impact your time in the gym. You and your family will spend less time at the medical doctor’s offices because your health will be improved. Chiropractors fix problems within joints and muscles without using drugs or surgery. Instead, they use their hands and may prescribe exercises and stretches. The time you spend working out will be more efficient because chiropractic adjustments will keep your body feeling loose. And at Truspine, you do not need to make an appointment, so come on in when the time is right for you.
Our success rates are very high. If you are looking to live your best life and you are in the Telegraph Hill – North Beach area, we would like to meet you. To schedule an appointment with our San Francisco chiropractor, please call 415–415–1115 or book an appointment online.