Living a long and healthy life is everyone’s dream, especially when we’re young. Everybody wants as much time as possible to fulfill their dreams and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Nobody ever sees themselves as old and decrepit, worn down by diseases and ill health. We all dream of hitting the 90s and even the 100s as healthy as we are now.
But if you don’t do some of the things we’re going to talk about today, living a long life probably won’t turn out the way you would hope it would.
So today, let’s talk about ways of improving your odds of living a long and healthy life.
Time Does Fly
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that my days pass by at the speed of light. It seems just like yesterday I was leaving my childhood home to get on a plane and fly for the first time to boot camp in San Diego.
The same goes for the birth of my kids. Weren’t they just babies a few days ago?
As I look back, it seems that everything I experience goes by quickly.
As the days go by, we can also begin to notice that our bodies don’t work quite the way they have in the past. But with a little maintenance, you can improve your chances of having a healthy, strong body and living a long life.
This will take a little work, so let me ask, are you ready to prioritize a healthy life now so you can continue to enjoy it later?
If your answer is yes, then pay attention to the tips you’ll find in this article.
If you want to live a long, healthy life, pay attention to these six items:
Many studies have found that sunlight helps promote the production of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is associated with boosting your mood and helping keep your body calm, positive, and focused.
2. Sleep and rest.
Having enough sleep and the proper amount of rest is an essential part of success, health, and happiness. According to the CDC you should get 7 or more hours of sleep per night.
Also, schedule down time throughout your day, no matter how many tasks you’re left to perform. Rest relaxes the mind, heals the body, reduces stress, and enhances productivity.
If living a long life is your goal, then your mantra should be “I use my body every day!”
As we age, regular exercise becomes even more important. It improves your cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and bone density. It also helps to keep your heart and lungs healthy. This can lead to living an overall long healthy life.
4. Good Diet.
Too many people today eat an unhealthy diet. While there’s nothing wrong with eating a donut every once in a while, a daily donut is not going to help with your goal of living a long life.
Any food you take inside your body will either help or harm you. You want to eat food that stimulates your health, provides enough energy, and develops your body.
Keep in mind that the long-term impact of a poor diet is poor health.
5. Positive attitude.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “studies have found that a positive attitude improves outcomes and life satisfaction across a spectrum of conditions, including traumatic brain injury, stroke and brain tumors.”
Other studies have found that positive thinkers live 11% to 15% longer those without a positive attitude.
A positive attitude increases self-confidence which helps to ensure readiness for life’s circumstances. It also reduces stress while improving your immune system.
Your social life is as essential to you living a long life. Loneliness and social isolation can affect your mental and physical well-being. Additionally, people without good social connections are more likely to have stress build-up in their lives, which can lead to an early death.
So, what can you do to improve these areas? The most important thing to do is to adopt a healthy lifestyle alternative.
Here’s a few tips for living a longer, healthier life:
1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
As I mentioned above, eating good food helps you improve your health. Studies have found that cutting down on red meat can be very advantageous.
Many experts agree that a vegetarian diet is the best. In addition to keeping your cholesterol in check, it can help regulate your body fat and keep your BMI reasonable.
2. Hang out with friends.
Living a long, healthy life involves spending time with people you love. Take the time to regularly go to meet with friends and family. This is a drug that heals more diseases than any other known prescription.
All studies show that positive connections enhance good health and increase your life expectancy.
3. Prioritize regular exercise.
Exercise shouldn’t be a choice for you. It needs to be a commitment.
Plan time to exercise at least five days a week. I know this requires a lot of self-discipline, but it’s benefits will help you live as long and healthy as possible.
4. Get frequent health screenings and tests.
Your body has a lot of moving parts that need to be checked out regularly. This can help with early detection of any dysfunction which often leads to faster recovery.
Medical tests and screenings help to diagnose and treat diseases before they get out of control.
5. Reduce alcohol intake and quit smoking.
While having a drink from time to time can be okay, no amount of smoking is. According to the CDC, “Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five deaths.”
If you smoke, find a way to quit. There is nothing better you can do for your health than quit. It greatly reduces the risk of heart and lung diseases.
While there is nothing wrong with having a drink every now and then, drinking too much alcohol can also lead to an early death.
Again, the CDC tells us that “excessive alcohol use is responsible for more than 140,000 deaths in the United States each year and $249 billion in economic losses,
If you drink, try to stay withing the U.S. recommended guidelines, which is 1 serving of alcohol per day for women and up to 2 servings per day for men.
Living a Long Life is Within Your Reach
While you can’t change your past, you do have a choice of how you want to live the rest of your life.
One choice is to follow the path of poor health habits and take the chance of becoming old and decrepit, spending your final days wasting away on a sickbed.
The alternative is to make a habit of practicing these tips and multiplying your chances of living a long, healthy life surrounded by family and good friends.
This choice is yours. I hope you make the healthy one.
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