- Exercise more.
- Medidate every day; just five minutes of slowing down, taking deep inhalations and pausing between meetings can help.
- Drink more water: If you drink a lot of coffee, cut back on the caffeine in favor of water or tea (I like Runa).
- Consider aromatherapy. Lavender essential oil is a proven stress reducer. Add a drop or two to your pillow at night or on the soles of your feet after your shower to create a soothing, zen-like atmosphere.
It’s not uncommon that many resources for nutrition and wellness, including my own, are targeted at women. That said, I know there are men out there in search of guidance as well. We can all use some encouragement when it comes to adopting healthy habits and being mindful of how we care for ourselves; my male clients are no exception. So gentlemen, listen up: These 5 tips for living a long, healthy life were especially designed for YOU. 1. Get moving! A strong heart and cardiovascular system is key to longevity, so physical movement is extremely important. Plus, it’s essential to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Regular exercise relieves stress and burns fat while also building muscle, which, in turn, helps to burn more calories. Remember, men tend to carry extra fat in their midsections, which contributes to heart disease and puts your overall health at risk. Be active! Go running, speed walking, weight lifting, mountain biking, swimming, anything that moves your body and gets your heart pumping. I recommend starting with 20 minutes of movement per day. Even if it’s just a walk around the block, get started and you’ll soon see your body will crave more. 2. Stress less. Stress promotes free radicals, which damage your cells, lower immunity, create inflammation and, over time, lead to signs of premature aging and other possible health concerns, like heart disease. Studies have shown that chronic stress can raise cholesterol levels, which directly affects your cardiovascular health. Bottom line, reducing stress can go a long way in keeping your body healthy. For most of us, it does take a little effort, though.