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21 Key Health Factors for 2021

21 key factors for health

Not Just Diet and Exercise. 21 Key Factors to Keep Health in 2021.

Are you ready to start your New Year’s resolution for better health? No worries if you didn’t make one. You can still succeed. 2021 will end much better than it will start!

So, how does a person like you with a busy life keep up with the latest research into what would allow them to keep their health? Given a shortage of time, health-conscious people typically focus on diet and exercise. However, your health must be considered comprehensively and cover at least these 21 key health factors for 2021:

    Most Important

  1. Regular high quality sleep -- with high quality sleep, you can focus on your health.
  2. Safe exposome (your lifetime of environmental exposures).
    • Choose to live where there is clean air and water.
    • Avoid toxins and hazardous substances.
    • Enjoy a safe and friendly setting where you feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach your full potential.
  3. Social interaction

  4. Very Important

  5. Robust microbiome -- go read I Contain Multitudes, fascinating and fun insights into life.
    • Keeps us alive.
    • Protects us against germs.
    • Breaks down food to release energy.
    • Produces vitamins.
  6. Diet
  7. Periodontal care / Oral health -- healthy oral bacteria keep your body performing well. Pathogenic oral bacteria degrade more than just your gums and teeth.
  8. Proper gait -- walk this way!
  9. Flexibility and pliability -- often forgotten. Build them into your daily routine.
  10. Exercise -- exercising without proper gait, pliability and flexibility leads to injuries. Run this way!
  11. Body and brain protection -- avoid preventable causes of injury and death.

  12. Important

  13. Skin and lip protection -- sunscreen and lip block. Many people forget the lip block…Don’t get lip cancer.
  14. Recommended vaccinations and seasonal immunizations -- without a vaccine, approximately one-third of US adults over 50 will get shingles, a nasty disease causing acute pain which can last for months or even years.
  15. Strength training -- avoid gradual muscle loss and the resulting frailty.
  16. Eye care -- eye-specific dietary nutrients, sunglasses, screen time safety, regular vision exams.
  17. Hearing protection -- wear earplugs at noisy events and for better sleep.
  18. Proper breathing and posture -- including when running.
  19. Continuous learning / Getting smarter -- are you willing and capable of rapidly changing your habits and behavior based on better information?
  20. Happiness -- research shows that being happy promotes a healthy lifestyle. It also helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and boosts your immune system, thus increasing your life expectancy.
  21. Optimism -- research shows that people with higher levels of optimism had an 11-15% longer life span, and a greater chance of living past age 85.
  22. Having a purpose in life -- research shows that people who know their life purpose and why they wake up in the morning live up to seven years longer.
  23. Give health -- when you’ve become a role model for good health, others see that change and cautiously express interest. You can support them. Studies show you receive health benefits from giving help to others.
There’s room for debate on the importance levels of each factor, but keeping your health requires all of them. With health in place, you can pursue your goals in life.

For how many of these key factors are you in excellent health today?

How are you monitoring and confirming that?

What areas would you like to improve? What area do you have the willpower to change today and continuously going forward? Pick one and start making a difference in your healthspan. A good way to check back in with yourself to see how you are doing is to put notes on your calendar at the beginning and end of each month to set and confirm progress on your health improvement goals.

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