Perhaps in your lifetime, there were many occasions that called for the phrase “wish I’d started doing this sooner.” When asked that same question on Reddit, here are the habits that 50+-year-old men shared they had adopted earlier in order to improve their life and health.
Getting Enough Sleep
When we are young, we often fail to prioritize our sleep and the older we get, the more obvious it gets that we need to get quality sleep in order to improve every other area of our lives. Recent research shows that 7+ hours a night is no longer recommended but a must for adults.
Focus on Mental Health
You can improve your mental health in many ways but what most men on the thread shared involved including more social interactions, hobbies that involve other people, and join groups of people with similar interests. Getting out there and having shared experiences will make you feel more connected to the world and will have an overall positive effect on your health and life.
Lead a More Active Lifestyle
Chances are you spend the good part of your day in an office in front of a screen. In the long-term that takes a toll on your health in cementing a sedentary lifestyle. Even if it’s not a full-on, 5-days-a-week gym routine and just light stretching each morning, moving your body will bring major health benefits in the years to come.
Meditation & Practicing Mindfulness
It could be hard to get used to just sitting down and breathing for a certain period of time, especially if you are deep into the rat race. Consistency is key and that’s even more crucial to keep in mind when it comes to meditation. Start small and simple. Install an app like Headspace or find guided meditation podcasts and videos. Just 5-10 minutes a day can go a long way.
Flossing & Dental Hygiene
Regular flossing is an obvious one. Yet, most men struggle to turn it into a habit. Author James Clear shared a hack in his book Atomic Habits on how to stick to the habit easily. He used a simple everyday tactic: he put his flossers on the bathroom counter and would use them every time he brushed his teeth.