Farm Living: How To Live Longer

As you age your health may be affected by a number of factors, most of which are outside of your control. What you may not know is there are a number of factors that contribute to shorter lifespans that are in your control. Factors such as your diet, the amount of exercise you receive each day, the company you choose to keep around you, and how stressed out you allow yourself to become from everyday challenges. Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and negative company can impact your life in ways that could cause you to age even faster! What can you do to reverse the effect of these things?

Adapt a healthy diet
Perhaps the easiest way to help lengthen your lifespan and improve your overall quality of life is by improving your diet. You are told this frequently that if you put bad in you'll get bad out. If you are eating loads of sweets, fats, and foods high in calories, you're damaging your health tenfold! You don't need to cut the sweets out entirely, but if your diet is mostly soda and cookies, you're not providing your body with the many vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive. Purchasing foods from the store doesn't help either, unless you read every single label to ensure you're getting the best (which can be expensive!). Instead, many are adopting a farmers lifestyle. By growing your own fruits, vegetables, and even harvesting your own meat, you're cutting out all the harsh chemicals and preservatives that many store bought foods hold.

Get more exercise
Farmers have a distinct advantage here that most of us do not. Living on a farm is hard work, and every day is filled with loads of exercise as they tend to the livestock and plants. You don't need to live on a farm to receive the same benefits. Tending to a home garden or cutting out driving by walking to a nearby grocery store can have the same effect. Cars have made life easier, but they have also made many lazy. Try not to rely on your vehicles for travel and get out and walk more!

Reduce stress
Take a note from farm life: Simple living reduces many unnecessary stresses. By living below your means, supporting yourself, growing your own food, and taking it day by day you will reduce the stress in your life significantly. In addition, how you handle every day challenges also affects stress levels. Learn to let things roll off your back instead of immediately snapping. Sleep is another important thing here. Not getting enough sleep each night can stress you out and put you in a poor mood - neither of which is helpful.

Build a better sense of community
Small towns have this down pat, but larger cities are at a bit of a disadvantage. If you live in a big city you may find it difficult to connect and build a community with others. This can leave you feeling lonely and sad. There's many options to help you build a community: look for local groups that share an interest with you, connect with friends and friends of friends, or even joining an online community helps. Once you connect with others the benefits will immediately show.

By eating right, exercising, limiting stress, and building a great sense of community you'll not only feel better, you'll also improve your overall quality of living.

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