Habits are when you do something so much that it becomes routine without even thinking about it. We routinely brush our teeth twice a day, drive to and from work without complicated planning, and we have even formed a lifestyle filled with healthy habits after the age of 40. Wait… you do practice healthy habits?
Well, if not, it is never too late to start. The great news is that we are creatures of habit. So starting a new habit is what we do.
Here are 5 habits of healthy people over the age of 40 that you can begin to incorporate into your life today.
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1. Commit to Healthy Living
A major habit of healthy people is their level of commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. Healthy people look for and find answers to problems and are not deterred by obstacles. To live a healthy lifestyle it takes a strong mindset and a level of commitment that will drive you to set and achieve stretch goals.
To help build healthy habits you must put yourself in situations and around others that will help foster your healthy habits.
2. Perform Regular Physical Activity
Another habit of healthy people is that they get in their weekly recommended number of hours for performing physical activities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines recommend that adults should get 150 minutes (2.5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. People with healthy habits meet this recommendation and many exceed it.
Physical activity can consist of weight training, walking, running, dancing, or even yard work.
3. Prioritize Nutrition First
An all-important habit of healthy people is the ability to eat nutritious meals and reduce the intake of processed foods. Healthy people find ways to include fruits and veggies into their meals as well as staying hydrated with plenty of water.
Eating more plant-based foods can improve your overall health and help manage your weight emphasizing better health.
4. Partner with Primary Physician
Healthy people are in the habit of getting regular exams and working with their doctor to create a health plan that not only boosts life longevity but increases the quality of life. Meeting with your doctor regularly will allow him or her to proactively identify any possible risks or issues and quickly address and resolve them before it becomes a real health problem.
5. Does Not Ignore the Importance of Sleep
Because we live at such a fast pace, everything has to be done now world, sleep is not only overlooked but it is outright discouraged. Sleep is vital to improving and maintaining better health. Adults should aim to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Sleep helps improve brain function, manage weight, strengthens your immune system, and provides many other health benefits. Read our blog, The Importance of Sleep for Better Health.
Breaking old bad habits can be challenging, but not impossible. It is time to retrain your mind – reach for water instead of that sugary drink; order a salad instead of a double cheeseburger; take the stairs instead of the elevator; stop putting off scheduling your annual physical and meet with your doctor right away, and finally, get some much-needed sleep for better health.
Begin creating healthy habits that are so ingrained in your mind that when the cycle is disturbed it will compel you to complete the routine without delay and begin living a much healthier lifestyle.
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