Take Care Of Your Body: You Only Get One
A healthy lifestyle is nearly impossible to maintain in the modern world. We’re told to prioritize work above all else and that often includes the health of our bodies. A sedentary lifestyle has become the norm; we sit in the car on the way to work, we sit behind a desk when we arrive at work, and we sit on the couch when we get home. And there’s never any time for exercise, is there?
Of course, this is a dangerous mindset in which to find yourself. Looking after your body should be the most important part of your daily routine. How can anything be more important than your health? You need to be healthy to… well, function at all. You only get one body so here are some pieces of advice to ensure that you better look after it and live a long life (and yes, you do have time to be healthy).
Brush your teeth.
Maybe you expected a discussion about diet and exercise but these two elements of health are things that are very easy to sort out with a bit of motivation and a strict routine. An element of your health that you might neglect because you don’t always give it as much thought is your dental health. You’re not just brushing your teeth to keep them clean so that they gleam a pearly white color; you’re brushing your teeth to keep your entire mouth healthy. Plaque doesn’t look nice but it’s also indicative of a deeper problem. If you don’t brush well enough then tar build-up can lead to receding gums (gum disease) and even tooth loss in later life. You should brush and floss your teeth to keep them healthy and not just to make them “look nice”.
Keep your body well-rested.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. If you undersleep then you feel tired. Big deal; you’re an adult, right? Well, as discussed above, your bodily health is more important than surface-level issues. Feeling tired is indicative of a deeper problem; your body isn’t getting the rest it needs to recover and heal properly. You might be more susceptible to illness and your brain won’t be functioning properly. You need to get 8 hours of rest every night but you also need a good mattress to support your body so that your quality of sleep is good.
Of course, if the quality of your sleep is still lacking despite a better mattress or simply getting the 7-9 hours you ideally need then you might want to seek medical advice. If breathing problems have been interrupting your sleep and a medical professional recommends it then you could look into sleep apnea machines to help keep your airways clear and improve your standard of sleep. It’s important to put your health above all else. A good night’s sleep is crucial for recharging your body so that it remains strong and healthy. It’s not just about “feeling awake”.
Protect your hearing.
Do you enjoy listening to your iPhone on full volume? Don’t. Hearing loss is becoming prevalent in today’s society because noise is such a common part of daily life. Streets are noisier, cinemas are noisier, and music is noisier. Perhaps that sounds like a grandparent’s rant but it’s the truth. Increased volume seems to equate to “better”. Of course, our ears haven’t evolved to withstand this noise revolution so we’re only doing more damage to them in the modern age. Keep the volume down if you want to look after your ears; if they’ve already deteriorated then get a hearing aid rather than counteracting the problem by turning up the volume.