We all know you can’t live forever. Certain ailments later in life are simply unavoidable. Still, there are definitely things you can do now to deter those ailments and possibly even avoid the early onset of an illness you’re predisposed to.
If you plan on growing into old age with a strong body and mind, don’t go autopilot and “hope for the best” when it comes to your health. Instead, start establishing these 15 habits now.
1. Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet
You knew this would be first, right? Eating a well-balanced diet will ensure smooth operating systems in your body and the best foundation possible for a long and healthy life.
Most experts agree that a Mediterranean diet is hard to beat in this regard. That means lots of veggies and fruits, healthy fats, whole grains, limited lean protein (mostly fish and poultry), the occasional red wine, and limited sugar. Sure, the occasional ice cream sundae or extra cheese pizza won’t kill you. But do try to home in on the good stuff.