Not every disability is apparent at birth. You can actually become disabled throughout your life. A simple work injury can turn into chronic pain and one single bad habit can turn into life-threatening illnesses. If you do not practice prevention or take a pro-active route when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, you may be doing yourself a dis-service. In order to reduce your odds at becoming disabled as you age, here are some healthy lifestyle tips to abide by!
- Keep your emotional and mental well-being at the forefront of your mind and habits. Make sure to cultivate healthy, happy and positive relationships with those around you. This includes your family, friends, co-workers and occasional acquaintances. Make sure you take time to relax and provide yourself with balance between work and life. Make sure you reduce the amount of stress you are feeling as too much stress can cause physical conditions that can be debilitating.
- Watch how you are using your back, arching your spine, or pressuring your joints. Back pain and arthritis are hugely debilitating as you age. Make sure that if you are overweight, you work on lowering it. If you do any sort of strength training with body weight or weights, that you are doing proper formation as this can hasten arthritis and bad joints.
- Get your exercise in! For every morning that you don’t feel like getting out of bed to do your exercise, you are increasing your chances of heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure. Getting at least thirty to sixty minutes of exercise for at least three to four times a week is paramount to keeping your body healthy.
- Quit smoking if you do! Even if you do it socially, stop. Not only can it cause cancer, but it can cause heart disease and stroke. Kick the habit!
- Get screenings for cancer and regular checkups! Remember that early detection is key here!
- Ultimately, watch your weight. No you don’t have to be super skinny, but if you are overweight or obese, then you need to start watching what you eat and how much you weight. As long as you are in your proper weight range and eating healthy, then you have already lowered your risk for heart attack and high blood pressure.
Essentially, living a healthier lifestyle while eating proper foods and getting enough exercise, should be enough to reduce your chances of becoming disabled. Accidents do happen, but there is a lot you can control when it comes to maintaining your body as you age.