Never underestimate the impact of your lifestyle and habits on holistic health and wellbeing. In fact, you can stay healthier across the lifespan when you adopt a few worthwhile habits and implement them every day. Experts report that it takes 30 days for an action to become a habit; here are a few that will help you stay healthy!
Lifestyle plays a big role in overall health and wellness. What habits do you struggle with? In some situations, poor health and medical issues can be circumvented by implementing some healthy habits. For instance, using mobility aids regularly can reduce your risk of a fall, which may prevent debilitating injuries.
Do you want to adopt healthier habits this new year? Here are a few that are closely connected to wellbeing:
Eat a Healthy Diet
It is hard to deny the fact that a healthy diet is connected to overall wellness. Make this the year that you clean up your regular eating habits. Aim to eat as many wholesome, nutritious foods as possible and stay hydrated with plenty of water. It is okay to incorporate your favorite treats but do so in moderation. If you carry extra weight, losing a few pounds can take a lot of stress and strain off your joints and improve mobility, in many cases. Also, try to avoid eating right before bedtime, as the digestive process can interfere with a good night’s sleep- but more on sleep habits later!
Another healthy habit to adopt involves physical activity, do you get enough exercise? If mobility affects your ability to get up and move around, try chair exercises or low-impact activities like swimming. Did you know that 20 minutes of brisk exercise can have anti-depressant type effects? It is true; when you move more, you are likely to feel better. Plus, regular exercise may help alleviate some chronic pain conditions, but always consult with your doctor before beginning a new fitness regimen.
Meet and Make Friends
Humans are social creatures so it comes as no surprise that socialization is key to healthy aging. Make a new habit of engaging with others, whether that means inviting friends over or attending group meetings, clubs, or events. Interacting and talking with others can have positive repercussions on overall wellbeing- and it could lead to lifelong friendships. Take the time and make the effort to reach out to others; it is worthwhile and could truly be life-changing, too.
Get a Good Night’s Rest
The importance of sleep and rest cannot be overstated. In fact, when you sleep poorly, holistic health can and will decline. Make sure that your bed and mattress are up to par. It is recommended that you replace your mattress every 8-10 years; how old is your mattress?
Invest in Mobility Aids
Do you live with mobility issues? Mobility aids can create a safer and more accessible home for anyone. Devices like ramps or stairlifts can go a long way toward reducing the risk of a debilitating fall, and there is a wide range of options to choose from. Whether you would benefit from a lift to ascend and descend the stairs in your home, or if you just need a bit of support and stability in the bathroom with grab bars, visit a mobility retailer to learn more! Make improved accessibility a habit this year with quality mobility aids and equipment.
Create a Clutter-Free Environment
Another healthy habit involves the home: is it tidy and organized or is it cluttered and chaotic? Do yourself a favor and clear the clutter. Clutter can limit access and may even be the cause of a nasty fall or injury. Additionally, a cluttered environment can make those living there feel anxious and out of sorts, also contributing to a lack of focus and inability to concentrate. Adopt the habit of keeping a clean and clear home and reap the rewards!
Stick to a Schedule
If you ask a productive person how they manage to accomplish so much, they likely will say that they stick to a schedule and set some goals every day. Invest in a planner-style calendar and set some objectives each day that you want to achieve. Start formulating a schedule- from waking up to when you go to bed. A routine can be a healthy habit that gives you a sense of order and organization, too, which can lend itself to productivity. If you do not have a daily schedule, try it!
Practice Kindness, Especially to Yourself
Do you treat those around you with kindness and care? It costs nothing to practice kindness with everyone including yourself! Make the habit of treating yourself kinder and more gently, as you would a beloved friend or family member. Stop negative self-talk when these thoughts cross your mind. Being kind to yourself is one of the most valuable and worthwhile habits that you can strive for.
National Staying Healthy Month in January is a great time to explore more worthwhile habits and incorporate these activities into everyday living. Experts report that consistent practice each day can turn these rituals into habits in a month.
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President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)