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A Millennial’s Guide to Staying Fit and Fab

Health is wealth, and the older you get, the more you should take care of your well-being. The youngest millennials are turning 23 this year. The brain starts to age at 24, according to research at the Simon Fraser University in Canada. The heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, and muscles begin to slow down a few years down the road.

Whether you’ve reached the age or not, it’s not too late to make every effort to take care of yourself. You can begin by following these simple tips.

Enjoy Your Avocados and other superfoods.

Superfoods are named as such for reasons other than marketing. They may not have all the essential nutrients you need, but they pack a lot of goodness. Kale is one superfood that lives up to its hype. It’s high in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as antioxidants, like lutein and beta-carotene. Kale should be eaten raw to get the maximum benefit.

Other superfoods include salmon (full of healthy fats, protein, B vitamins, and potassium), berries (great source of manganese, copper, folate, and vitamin C and K1 ), nuts (rich in fiber, vegetable protein, unsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids), and high-grade matcha green tea (packs a lot of antioxidants and nutrients).

Too much of a good thing can be bad for you, so remember to eat superfoods in moderation and keep a well-balanced diet.

Get Out More

This isn’t about hanging out in the mall, chilling in a coffee shop, or going to the movies. Out here means going outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and in the wilderness with only nature for company (and perhaps your partner or a few friends). If you’re up to it, you can run or go biking in the countryside. It’s also much better if you keep track of the power you exert when you go cycling. Bringing a biking power meter will be a handy companion if you decide to go on a biking trip.

Living in the city means you get bombarded by stimuli from every direction, and it can take a toll on you, sooner or later. Getting away from the noise and distractions of everyday life can help rejuvenate the mind, relax the body, regain your focus, and replenish your creativity.

​Stay Hydrated

Millennials are all about staying hydrated and for a good reason too. Over 75 percent of people in the United States are dehydrated, an alarming statistic considering how dehydration hampers thinking, diminishes energy levels, and causes serious complications, like kidney and urinary tract problems, heatstroke, seizures, and low blood pressure volume shock.

Drink your recommended dose of water a day, and never let yourself get thirsty. Also, avoid sugary drinks as much as possible if you don’t want to increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, gout, and metabolic syndrome.

Detoxify Your Life

Last year, Oxford Dictionaries declared toxic as its word of the year, which CNN and other publications said that perfectly summed up the mood of the year. You may not be able to change all the horrible things that happened last year, but you can do something to detoxify your own life. This year, it’s time to let go of the “toxic” things (or people) in your life and work on being healthy and happy.

Start with something you have control over, such as limiting alcohol, nicotine, sugar, and other harmful substances. Get clean, and use a detoxifying kit. Eat better food, drink more water, and get enough sleep. Take time to evaluate your life, and try to determine the source of your unhappiness, dissatisfaction, or stress. If you can’t deal with all that’s burdening you, don’t be afraid to ask for help and support from your family, friends, or professionals.

The Bottom Line

You can rely on other people for support, but in the end, you’re the one who knows yourself best. And you’re the most qualified person to take care of yourself. The tips above are here to remind you to treat yourself right and work for your happiness and health.

Guest post by Ammanda Greene

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