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How Can I Live a Longer and Healthier Life? The Dos and Don’ts!

Updated on June 7, 2020
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What can I do to live a long and healthy life?

Happiness! Know the things that shorten your lifespan and avoid them.
Happiness! Know the things that shorten your lifespan and avoid them. | Source

Live long and prosper!

We all want to live long and healthy lives full of happiness. No one wants to be “gone too soon!” How do I shorten my lifespan? Well, you don’t need to have a master’s degree in medicine to know that smoking reduces your lifespan, and too much added sugar is bad for your health. However, there are other overlooked “little things” that are very vital ingredients for shortening your lifespan.

Outlined below are the best ways to live a longer and healthier life. I confidently recommend that you practice them before it’s too late; when you regretfully ask in a whispered voice, “How much longer do I have to live?”

Also a natural anti-aging prescription.

Walking may turn off the aging process in your chromosomes.
Walking may turn off the aging process in your chromosomes. | Source

Does walking make you look younger?

1. Be a Fast Walker

From a recent study, how fast you walk could be an indicator of how long you live. According to the study, a 70-year-old man who walks 2.5 miles an hour will live longer than an age-mate who walks only 1 mile an hour. This is a whopping 10 years difference in the women of the same age; no matter how much they weigh. Other benefits of briskly walking include reduced risks of developing Type-2 diabetes, stroke, and dementia. Brisk walking is thus, a natural anti-aging prescription that may turn off the aging process in your chromosomes; you should include it in your daily schedule to live long and healthy.

2. Don’t sit too much

Sitting for long hours could be responsible for some 173,000 cases of cancer each year. A scientific study reveals that people who sat for less than three hours daily would increase their life expectancy by 2 years! If you have to sit for longer than three hours each day, taking 30 minutes break of light-intense movements can decrease your risk of early death by 17%. At the same time, taking 30 minutes break of moderate or vigorous exercise reduces the risks by 35%.

3. Quit smoking

Quitting smoking may be hard now but the long-term health gains are something to consider. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in most countries. If you want to live a longer and healthy life, quitting smoking is the best way to go about it.

How much vodka per day is safe?

Recommended safe intake is no more than three units of alcohol a day.
Recommended safe intake is no more than three units of alcohol a day. | Source

Is Vodka harmful for males?

4. Yes, Avoid too much Vodka

A comprehensive study found out that men who drank three or more half-liter bottles of vodka a week are much more likely to die before 55 years of age. Drinking less than one bottle a week will reduce the risks of dying before that age.

5. Include greens in your diet

What foods can make me live longer? Vegetables are the best since they are rich in fiber and offer numerous vitamins, minerals, and plant-based compounds that protect you from heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. Avoid too much red meat in your diet if you want to live longer.

6. Laugh more often

According to scientific research, laughing dilates blood vessels by 22%, increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure. Lower blood pressure means better health and increased life expectancy. Avoid worrying and stress by being happy. Being an optimist is also a way of living a long life since, according to researchers; the positive outlook might affect your health by altering your body’s chemical balance.

7. Sleep tight and wake up early

Try as much as possible to sleep the recommended 8 hours each day. When you sleep less than 8 hours or more than 9 hours each day, you can increase your risks of high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, thinking problems, premature death, and cancer.

Psychology of fans!

Being a serious sports fan can affect your lifespan!
Being a serious sports fan can affect your lifespan! | Source

8. Don’t be a serious sports fanatic

Try not to be a serious sports fan because when your team loses a match, you place yourself at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular health conditions such as heart attack. It will be good for your health if you also avoid sports betting as it increases the risks.

9. Avoid Soda drinks

According to scientific studies, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages will increase your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. If you want to live longer and healthy, you will have to avoid these drinks or limit the amount taken each day.

10. Avoid more polluted environments

This may call for the need to relocate to less polluted environs because long-term exposure to air pollution increases the risks of premature death. Studies have shown that 1 out of 8 deaths worldwide occur because of dirty air. To live a long and healthy life, spend some few hours in the forests or trees populated areas to breathe phytoncides (active substances released by plants). This will lower your blood pressure and stress, while at the same time boost your immune system.

11. Don’t take too much sugar

Taking too much-refined sugar increases the risks of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many other health conditions. You can swap the refined sugar for wholesome honey to increase the health benefits.

12. Drink tea

Taking tea regularly is good for cancer-fighting properties, decreased risk of coronary artery disease, reduced risk of blood clots, and strokes. Always include it in your work breaks but limit the amount of sugar in it.

13. Limit TV hours

Spending one hour a day watching your favorite movie increases your risk of cardiovascular disease by 18% even if you practice for 30 to 45 minutes each day. It is recommended to take breaks every 30 minutes and engage in light or vigorous physical movements.

Does exercise help anti aging?

Yes! Exercise slows cell aging!
Yes! Exercise slows cell aging! | Source

14. Exercise regularly

Finally, on answering the question “what is the best way to live a longer life?” regular exercise is good for long and healthy life. From scientific studies, 15 minutes of moderate exercise each day accounts for a 3-year increase in life expectancy. If you practice for 30 minutes each day, you increase your life expectancy by four years. Exercising regularly also gives you more vim and vigor, jumpstarts your sex drive, keeps your skin soft and glowing, and also boosts your mood.

By practicing the above ways on how to live a longer and healthier life, your life expectancy will increase.

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