Live healthy, live longer
By just making a few changes in your lifestyle, you can help yourself live longer!
In a recent study, it was found that four bad behaviours – smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising, and no eating enough fruits and veggies – can hustle you into an early grave, and in effect, age you by as many as 12 years.
The good news is, there is something you can do about it, to correct these and other unhealthy behaviours. Adopting the following nine habits will help keep your body looking and feeling young!
If you want to live to be 100, leaving a little bit of food on your plate may be a good idea. Did you know that studies on longevity round the world found that the oldest Japanese people stop eating when they are feeling only about 80% full.
Research has confirmed that eating less helps you age slower. It was found in a study in 2008 that limiting calories lowered production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism – and speeds up the aging process.
Overeating is a common and complex behaviour in today’s culture. More people eat more junk food than they should, and there are more people overweight today than five years ago.
Did you know that having sex two to three times per week can add as many as three years to your life! Regular sex may also lower your blood pressure, boost your immunity, improve your sleep, and protect your heart.
So ‘getting busy’ can burn an impressive amount of calories – sometimes as much as running for 30 minutes – which would you rather do?
Turn off the TV
It’s been said before, and it will be said again. Too much time in front of the TV can take a serious toll on your health. In fact, a 2010 study found that people who watched four or more hours a day were 46% more likely to die from any cause who watched less than two hours a day. (www.health.com)
Each additional hour you watch increases your overall risk of dying by 11% and dying from heart disease by 18%. Even cutting back a little can help.
Drink in moderation
A 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology linked light drinking (defined as one drink a day for women and two for men) to significant heart benefits! So the upside of drinking in moderation, is that in smaller quantities, alcohol can actually be good for you.
The downside – women who have two or more drinks a day and men who have three or more may run into detrimental effects ranging from weight gain to relationship problems.
Stay out of the sun
We all know the dangers of too much sun. Avoiding too much sun can lessen the chances of skin cancer. It can also keep you looking young by preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin.
It is never too early or too late, to add sunscreen to your daily skin care regime. Always look for an SPF 30 or higher, and don’t just focus on your face! Sun damage spots and splotches on your chest and neck will also make you look older.
Research has shown that you are at a greater risk of heart disease if you don’t have a strong network of friends and family. Loneliness can cause inflammation, and in otherwise healthy people it can be just as dangerous as having high cholesterol or even smoking.
Sadly, loneliness seems to pose the greatest risk for elderly people, who are also prone to depression.
Focus on Activity
Did you know that regular high-tensity exercise (such as running) can add up to four years to your life? This isn’t too surprising given the positive effects working out has on your heart, mind and metabolism.
But if you are not a ‘jogger or runner’, moderate exercise – a quick 30 minute walk each day for example – can lower your risk of heart problems.
Eat fruit and vegetables
It is said that getting fewer than three servings of fruits and vegetables a day can eat away at your health. Nutritional powerhouses filled with fibre and vitamins, fruit and veggies can lower your risk of heart disease by 76%” and may even play a role in decreasing your risk of breast cancer.
An added bonus is that the inflammation-fighting and circulation-boosting powers of the antioxidants in fruits and veggies can banish wrinkles! BUT do we get everything we need from food?
Research has also shown that in a large 26,000 persons study it was concluded that not one person received the nutritional requirements set forth by the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). 96% of the US population dies of a disease – we are NOT getting proper nutrition.
Remember, Vitamins and Minerals are vital nutrients for bodily functions and prevention of disease.
There are numerous studies that clearly show that quitting smoking is perhaps the single most important thing you can do for your health – and your life span. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that women who quit smoking by age 35 add roughly six to eight years to their lives!
Quitting can slow disease and increase survival odds even in smokers who have already caused significant damage to their lungs, like those with early lung cancer. It’s never too late to kick the habit.
How well you age will be highly influenced by your lifestyle choices. What you need to decide is — Are You Worth the Time To Add Quality Time To Your Life?
I hope your response is a very loud YES! and remember, My Lifestyle Choices is committed to helping you Live Longer and Live Younger. Connect with me now and together we will start designing the lifestyle you want!
‘Live life to its fullest or it may seem like you died young.’ (J. Wattersmith)
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