If someone told you that you have the power to increase your quality of life, would you do it?
When I heard this question, I thought:
“Yes! Sign me up!” and then I thought “Where do I start?”
We are living longer which makes us more susceptible to cardiovascular, chronic, and cognitive decline related diseases. With the baby boomer generation reaching senior citizen age, increase cases in these diseases related areas are expected to rise. For example, it is estimated that 15 million have Alzheimer’s and over 132 million will have Alzheimer’s by 2050.
That is a lot of people!
This can have huge impacts on our healthcare system as well as our families and communities.
So, what can I do?
The good news is we have 99% empowerment to take control of increasing our quality of life. And it’s never too late to start. We can start as early as today!
Here are 5 areas to help get you started:
1. Food – Load up on the fiber and healthy fats like avocado, salmon, seeds, and nuts.
2. Move – Get the body moving. A brisk walk around your neighborhood or park further at the grocery parking lot to get those extra steps in.
3. Sleep – Get 7-8 hours as this gives the body time to remove toxins.
4. Self-Care – Seek joy, whether it’s walking in nature, meditating, or reading a book.
5. Environment – Reduce drinking out of plastic or use BPA free products, pay attention to air quality reports, use stainless steel cooking pans instead of plastic coatings.
Now I realize that doing all these things can feel overwhelming.
So start small and with one thing, like going for a walk with a buddy or increase fiber intake.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing. Small changes make all the difference!