10. Get regular medical check-ups
No one ever really wants to go to the doctor, especially when they’re not sick. But even when you’re feeling healthy and well, it’s important to undergo regular medical check-ups at least once a year. Regular check-ups can detect health issues before they start by finding symptoms early. This ensures you have the best chance of treatment, whatever the issue.
Medical check-ups should involve checking vital things like blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol levels and weight, as well as having an eye test and a hearing test. Our eyesight and hearing can gradually deteriorate over time and it can be hard to notice at first, so getting them tested yearly can determine whether there is a problem. Include a trip to the dentist as well, for a good clean of the teeth, mouth, and gums, and to determine whether you have cavities or other dental issues.
For women, it’s also beneficial to include a mammogram, which is a screening for potential breast cancers, and a pap test, which checks for cervical cancers and other issues. For men aged 50 years and up, the risk of prostate cancer largely increases, so any medical check-up should involve a prostate check as well.
Following some simple, healthy ways of living will not only help you feel better, but you’ll look better too. Changing lifestyles and taking on healthy habits can improve the quality of life, and after a while, you’ll wonder how you lived any differently.
11. Water does wonders
Water is the life-giving fluid on this planet and without it, we will all perish. Water keeps our systems working and helps to flush toxins out of our bodies. It helps to keep our skin moist and hydrated. Like most things in life what you take out you need to put back in.
During our days we sweat, breathe, urinate, and produce stool and through all of these, our bodies lose water. So if we don’t replenish it the machine we call our bodies it will grind to a halt. Water helps avoid constipation and that bloated feeling and look. It’s the perfect flush and filtration system.
Water also helps us reduce our calorie intake for the day. Whilst it has no magical nutrients if we replace the juices or carbonated drinks or alcoholic drinks we consume with water we, in turn, are keeping our calories down. Water also helps with energizing our muscles by keeping them hydrated and reducing muscle fatigue. Try and have a glass of water with every meal and snack. Not only will it reduce how much we eat, but it will help to flush your kidneys as well.
Get into the habit of always carrying a bottle of water with you, whether it is at work, home, the gym or in your car. When you feel nimble or tired just take a few sips of water. You won’t believe how much better you soon feel. Try drinking filtered water or even tap water as buying bottled water is expensive and you will be contributing more plastic waste. Also, eat loads of fresh fruit as they too are filled with water.
Have you ever notice how mean people just look so unhappy and unhealthy. Well, they are. They may be skinny but they look tired and old. It takes a lot of energy to continually be mean every day.
Look at your own behavior and how you treat others. How you treat them is how they will treat you. There’s a simple trick called “mirroring” – how this works is find someone that you feel is what you define as healthy and happy and whatever they do you do the same. If they smile, you smile. If they say hello you say hello. Yes, it sounds weird, but you will soon get the hang of this and start seeing yourself in a different light.
How we feel about ourselves is how we look on the outside. We are all overcritical and so hard on ourselves. We beat ourselves up emotionally because we did not lose a pound but only half a pound, our hair looks dull – but you just washed it. We could list zillion things here; the bottom line is – be kind and gentle on and to yourself.
When we see a young child crying our immediate response is to be kind and gentle with them. You need to do the same to yourself. Kindness also releases serotonin – that feel-good hormone in our systems when we are kind. When we feel good inside we look good on the outside. Kindness also reduces anxiety and stress, both we covered in previous sections. Have you ever seen a kind person looking stressed? Kindness also releases the hormone oxytocin which is good for your hearts health.
13. Laughter and play
When we laugh it reduces our stress hormone levels and boosts our immune system which allows us to resist and fight off illness. It also releases large amounts of endorphins into our bloodstream which is our natural way of getting that happy feeling flowing. When we feel happy we show it and there is nothing sexier than a gorgeous smile and happy eyes.
Laughter also helps to relieve pain. Pain makes us tired and looks unhealthy. Laughter spurs our endorphins which allow us to not feel pain for a while and eases the stress lines on our faces. Remember when you were a kid and you ran around barefoot and played with your friends in the garden. Giggling and rolling around and just being silly. As we get older we forget how to play like kids and just enjoy life.
When we laugh and play we look healthier. We get to be outside and dose ourselves with Vitamin D. Laughter and play also relaxes our entire bodies. When we are relaxed we look and feel better.
Did you know that when you laugh you actually burning calories? Another fact to note is that the human brain can’t tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. So taking up laughter yoga is a great way to getting healthy. You will fake laugh yourself right into a real belly aching laugh. If you do this every day, you will look much better. We are not all cut out to play sports or run, but spending time outside playing with the kids or friends, whether it’s just with a ball or a Frisbee. Just go outside and play.
14. Detox those emotions
Earlier we chatted about detoxing your body through various liquids. We have also looked at cutting out smoking and drinking and upping the exercise. But there is more we need to do. We are very quick to look at the outsides of our bodies and judge our appearances. But we seldom look internally at our emotions and those of the people in our space.
Are you happy, sad, angry, resentful, agitated, irritated or stressed? All these emotions have a direct effect on how we look and feel. Believe me, an angry person is so not sexy or even healthy looking.
Who do we have in our lives sharing our space? Is it a happy and warm environment or do we walk around on eggshells not wanting to disturb the other person’s emotions? This is not a healthy way to live and soon the telltale signs start showing; our skin looks pale and blotchy; we start eating to comfort ourselves, our stomach aches, we start consuming more alcohol or if don’t drink alcohol you could be drinking way to many sugary drinks, which give you a temporary good feeling or even start taking drugs or anti-anxiety medication to help us feel better.
When we feel emotionally insecure or emotionally threated it takes its toll on our bodies and we look older than we actually are. Deal with those emotions and find your peaceful balance; whether it’s through exercise, therapy, laughter or play its time for them to give way to a happy and healthier you. As we detox our bodies so too do we need to detox our minds. Healthy mind, healthy body.
15. Having great sex!
We have looked at changing your diet, detoxing, rehydrating, being kind, laughing, playing and then getting rid of toxic emotions we are now ready for the final part of the journey to being hot, healthy and happy.
It’s about getting sexual and having sex. When we feel good about ourselves and are looking after ourselves physically the happy hormones in our brains are constantly being released. When we are happy we are more likely to flirt, when we flirt more we start getting more sexual in our auras which permeates into the atmosphere and our pheromones will attract another.
This all leads to sex and great sex is the best thing in the world. It feels so good and we are so energized by it, but here are some of the great physical benefits of sex:
- It burns calories and a lot of them. So the more sex you have the more calories your burn.
- It improves our heart rate and our blood pressure – we can only benefit from this.
- Sex is exercise and much more fun and pleasurable than running on a treadmill
- Great stress and pain reliever – we just let go and give way to our bodies own movement and when we relax we de-stress. When we are distressed our pain eases.
- Sex improves our sleep – well after all that great fun and activity you can only sleep better.
When we are in a happy mood we walk lighter and smile more. When we have had sex we glow with radiance and mischievousness with a youthful glow and a sparkle in your eyes…….in fact, you may even skip which can only benefit your fitness and health.