9 Habits that Will Lengthen Your Life

· September 6, 2015
Did you know that practicing a sport regularly can add 4 years to your life?  Furthermore, it helps your heart health, lung functioning, and improves your mood.

There are many different poor lifestyle habits that can reduce your life expectancy and favor the development of different diseases. The good news is there are also healthy habits that can lengthen your life, and above all, improve your quality of life.

Keeping in mind that you only have one life and one body, it is important to care for your health and maintain a lifestyle that can guarantee a good life for many years. If you still don’t know these healthy habits that can lengthen your life, we encourage you to keep reading to learn and apply them today.

Don’t eat too much

Experts recommend that you eat small portions of food spread throughout the day. It’s best to eat 5 or 6 portions a day. Avoiding eating in excess is key to enjoying a healthy life, and of course, a healthy weight. Every time you prepare a meal, make sure you eat enough to not feel hungry before it’s time to eat again.

More sex can lengthen your life

Sex can help

An active sex life is key to enjoying good health and living longer. Sex helps self-esteem, releases positive hormones, burns calories, and can also lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, improve sleep, and protect your heart.

Experts recommend that you have sex 3 or more times per week (which is probably not the worst news you’ve heard this week).

Don’t spend too much time in the sun

Excessive exposure to UV rays causes the skin to age prematurely, and also causes sunburns, irritations, and even skin cancer. While sun exposure is necessary, it’s important to avoid over-exposure since it can lower your quality of life.

Experts recommend that you always use sunblock on your face and the rest of the body.

Have an active social life

Some happy stress balls.

Different research has shown that people who are always surrounded by friends and family have a lower risk of suffering from heart disease.

Loneliness is a factor that may lead to depression, anxiety, stress, high cholesterol, and other conditions. Spending time with family and friends is extremely good for your health and helps you feel happier.

Drink a glass of wine a day

Alcohol consumption isn’t generally good for your health. However, experts have found that a glass of red wine a day is actually beneficial for your health. It can even help to prevent heart attacks and diabetes.

Eat fruit and vegetables

A fruit salad.

Eating fruit and vegetables regularly is essential in order to enjoy a better and longer life. Both fruit and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

These and other properties can help to control weight as well as prevent and treat many diseases. In addition to that it can help to detoxify the body, and maintain healthy, youthful skin, among other benefits.

See more: 7 Fruits and Vegetables that May Help Reduce Cancer Risk

Exercise

To enjoy good health and stay in good physical shape, exercise is the best tool and is, of course, recommended by experts.

According to research, practicing a sport can lengthen your life by an average of 4 years. At the same time it can help heart health, lung functioning, and even improve your mood. Experts recommend that you practice a sport and/or exercise at least 30 minutes a day.

Don’t smoke

A lady breaking a cigarette.

Smoking is one of the worst habits a person can have, since it not only reduces your life expectancy, but also damages the quality of life of the person who smokes.

This habit is one of the number one causes of death in the world, since it leads to lung cancer and other respiratory problems.

Quitting smoking can be difficult but not impossible, and the benefits can be seen from the first day onward, as the body begins to regain its health.

Read more: Five Positive Changes You’ll Notice after You Quit Smoking

Reduce stress

We have all experienced certain amounts of stress in our daily lives. Even though most stress seems normal, experts have shown us reasons why you should be more aware of this problem.

According to studies, stress negatively affects mental, emotional, and physical health. They recommend you to combat stress and maintain a positive attitude without dwelling on situations you may have to face. Even though this may seem difficult, there are many ways to deal with this issue.

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