Everyone knows that your health should be one of the most important aspects of your life, especially once the carefree days of youth have passed. For most people, managing their health means trying your best to eat healthily and engaging in a spot of exercise whenever possible. While these things are important, there are other aspects of your health to think about too, ones that are often overlooked. Below, we take a look at five such examples. Take care of these, and your body and mind will be improved shaped
Too Much Sitting
As a society, we sit much more than we should, there’s just no denying it. We’re in bed, then we’re in a car, then we’re sat at a desk, and then we sit on the couch. It’s become normal, but it should be considered anything but: it would seem very strange to our ancestors, who spent most of their time upright. It’s not just that it adds a few inches to our waists, either — it is responsible for many health conditions. As such, it’s recommended that you integrate more standing time into your day, such as by taking regular walks throughout the day and changing to a sit/stand desk.
What would life be like if we couldn’t smell the roses, or have a fluid, easygoing chat with our friends and family? We’d still be living, but the experience would be diminished. Yet people actively damage the senses that allow them to do such things. If you smoke, you’re damaging your taste buds, and losing your sense of smell. If you listen to music at high volumes, you could be permanently damaging your hearing. So take action. Click here to read about hearing tests. Learn how to quit smoking, and do it. Your senses (and thus you) will be grateful in the long run for your actions!
Time with Nature
Just as it’s strange that we sit down so much, we also go against our human nature in another way in the modern world, too — we spend far too much time inside. While there are benefits to this way of life, it’s vitally important that we get our fill of nature, too. It helps to keep us fitter, the air is better, and it boosts our mood too — we compromise our health just by spending all our time in urban areas. Fortunately, this is an easy and fun change to make. Next time you have a free afternoon, take a trip into the outdoors. Studies have shown that just fifteen minutes is enough to get some of the benefits of the natural world (though the more time you spend, the better).
There will be a new wave of health issues in the next few decades, all things to computers. Eye strain and joint pain are on the rise in younger people. Make sure you look away from the screen every so often, and get a computer set up that puts minimal pressure on your wrist.