I’m rounding up this week with some great ways to live a longer, healthier, lifestyle. I read this article in AARP awhile ago, and found some interesting tips and suggestions regarding your Health and longevity of life. These tips identify the best actions you can take to achieve a longer, fuller life. You know there are no guarantees…the rest is really up to you:
- Get plenty of sleep. Your risk of heart attack or stroke is doubled when you consistently get less than six hours of sleep. (This from a review of 15 studies published in the European Heart Journal.)
- Consider extra Vitamin D. A bright byproduct of sunlight, Vitamin D has many health benefits which includes a link to longevity. Ask your doctor if you would benefit from extra D in pill form. (It’s important to note that you should limit your exposure outdoors.)
- Say yes to that extra cup. It has been acknowledged that coffee does more than wake you up; it also reduces your risk of stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. And to add to this, Harvard researchers discovered that “people who drank 3-5 cups of coffee per day had about a 15% lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn’t drink coffee.”
- Go, go…green. If coffee is not your “cup of tea”, green tea also has proven longevity, likely because it contains powerful antioxidants that may help combat diabetes and heart disease.
- Eat like the Greeks. The Mediterranean, with its reliance on fruits, veggies, olive oil, fish, and nuts, is one of the healthiest diets for both overall health and longevity.
- Or, like the Amish. Why do Amish men live longer and Amish men and women have lower rates of hospitalization? It boils down to lots of physical activity, less smoking and drinking, and a supportive social structure involving family and community.
- Find your Passion. Researchers have found that those with a higher sense of “passion” or “purpose,” were 30% less likely to decline health wise. Doing something that matters is correlated with 7 extra years of life.
- Embrace your Faith. It has been shown that attending religious services once a week adds between 4 and 14 years to life expectancy.
- Add a family member with 4 legs. Many studies regarding the link between pet ownership and health have found that owning a pet can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, even improve the odds of surviving a heart attack. Dog owners are physically more active with daily walks and are less vulnerable to the effects of stress. This is my personal number 1 healthy tip!
- Better yet, Walk. So, what’s the best prescription for living longer? I knew this was coming…Exercise! And many doctors are prescribing this instead of medication. Exercise benefits your brain, heart, skin, mood, and metabolism. If you walk briskly for only 10 minutes, you will have burned off the calories of one chocolate chip cookie!
Well…that’s all folks! Just remember whatever you are doing, keep it in moderation.
What are your tips and/or suggestions for living longer? We would love to share your results, so let us know.
As always, I am…a grateful Boomer Explorer.