A song by the popular band, Queen, asked, “Who wants to live forever?” The truth is that if that were possible, many people would try to live for thousands of years. Not to exaggerate, but with these tips you can have a healthier life and be in better health.
Who says you can’t live past 80 or 90 years old? It’s just a matter of changing your habits as soon as possible so that you have a better quality of life and less health problems. It sounds like a dream or utopia, but it is possible to turn it into reality.
The Latest Studies on Modern Living
Studies show that although your chance of surviving is higher in comparison to other times, people lived much more healthier before. Why live to 85 if you are suffering from diseases and sicknesses?
Sedentary lifestyles, bad food, alcohol, and cigarettes are the four worst factors for someone to live better and longer. According to what they say, these combined can take off up to 12 years of someone’s lifetime.
The good news is if you change these habits a little and are aware that you only have one body and must take care of it, you can reduce this number or, in other words, add more life to your age.
Nine Ways to Live Longer
Don’t Eat Excessively
To get to 100 years old, leave a little bit of food on your plate everyday or eat less. The Japanese are the people that live the longest on the planet because, according to an expert, they eat until they feel 80% satisfied. In order to know when your stomach is a little more than 3/4 full, you should eat slowly. Eating less food helps you grow older slower because calories make the production of the thyroid hormone T3 increase, which slows down your metabolism.
Have More Sex
Two or three times a week is the recommended amount in order to live longer. Good sex keeps you busy, releases positive hormones, burns a large amount of calories (comparable to a half hour walk), lowers blood pressure, strengthens your immune system, improves sleep, reduces excess weight, and protects your heart.
Turn Off the TV and Computer
Spending too much time in front of screens is not good for your health. People that watch 4 hours of TV a day are 50% more likely to die from problems related to sedentary lifestyles than those who only spend 2 hours or less watching it. Turning the TV off also helps you sleep better and more pleasantly. They recommend not watching television before going to sleep; read a book instead. In regards to the computer, the work tool of millions of people, it is not always possible to avoid. That’s why it is a good idea to take breaks during your shift, go outside to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, etc.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Avoid harmful UV rays as much as possible to avoid problems like irritation, burns, and even skin cancer. You will also look younger because wrinkles, spots, and freckles won’t form. When you go outside in the summer, put on at least SPF 30, not only on your face but also on your chest, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.
Have a Busy Social Life
Studies have shown that people that are always surround by friends and family have less risk of suffering from heart problems. Loneliness causes depression, stress, high cholesterol, anxiety, fear, etc. This is especially the case for the elderly that feel extremely sad when their children, grandchildren, or other relatives don’t visit often.
Drink in Moderation
The proper “dosage” for men is two glasses a day and one for women. On the other hand, drinking may not only end up in alcoholism, but also in pancreas or liver diseases and health problems in general. Doctors suggest drinking a glass of red wine a day to prevent heart attacks or diabetes.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Junk food keeps you away from these two types of food that are so important for your development and well-being. Before choosing a salty snack, eat an apple. Instead of french fries, go for a tomato and lettuce salad. Fruits and vegetables help reduce cardiac diseases, cancer, obesity, cholesterol, etc. They also detoxify your body and improve your circulation.
You should go for a walk everyday or if you “don’t have time” at least use the stairs instead of the elevator. There is a huge correlation between physical activity and longevity. Playing a sport increases your life by up to 4 years and also has very good effects on your heart, lungs, mind, and mood. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
This is one of the worst habits that today’s society has. Women that stop smoking at 35 years old increase their lifetime between 6 and 8 years. It is never too late to stop smoking. Nobody says it will be easy, but it is worth trying. You will begin to notice the benefits after the first day and will increase as weeks and months go on.
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