How To Live Longer And Healthy
The blessing called life, has immense joy and happiness. It can also suffer from troubles (and diseases), when we fail to have a good vision, and adopt some bad habits. Habits like drinking lots of alcohol, use of tobacco in any form, not exercising, and regularly feeding on an unhealthy diet (not having enough fruits and vegetables, among other essentials) are some unhealthy habits that cause lots of suffering, later on.
We can bring positive changes in our lifestyle, and live longer, in a healthy and joyful way. Here are some ways that help you live healthier, and longer. Many of the methods do not cost anything, and some actually save you money.
Lower The Frequency Of Watching TV
Watching TV for an undesired number of hours can be a cause of lowering of metabolism, which is quite bad for the health of your heart. Every hour that you spend more on watching television, increases the risk of some kind of heart disease by around 18%. You can cut back the tube watching hours, so that you spend no more than 2 hours watching television a day. It is even better to shun the habit completely.
It is always better to eat less than what your belly craves for. A study found that when you consume lower number of calories, the production of the hormone T3 (secreted by the thyroid gland) gets lowered. As the hormone slows down metabolism and speeds up aging, you are better off eating a few portions less.
Get Yourself Busy
Keep yourself busy in household and other tasks, if you save time from the office/business work. This way you will burn more calories, be fit, engage your mind positively, and will also delay aging.
Enjoy the bed times, as you boost your heart and immune health, every time you have sex. Having sex regularly also helps you have a better sleep, and be more energetic throughout the day. Stick to one single partner, as you do want sexual diseases affecting your health adversely.
Avoid Excessive Hours In The Sun
Some sunlight (5 to 10 minutes a day) is good for you, as sunlight helps in the synthesis of Vitamin D in the body. But longer hours in the sun can affect health adversely. The Ultra Violet (UV) sun rays are a cause of skin cancer, which you get prone to when you spend long time in the sun regularly, or for quite some time. Sunrays also cause wrinkles, and make your skin look older. Use a sunscreen (of SPF 30, or higher), to protect your skin from the UV rays.
It is always better to be surrounded by well wishers, than by spending your time in a closed room, worrying and bothering about things that are never going to happen. You also prevent certain kinds of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, by connecting more to the people around you. Regular interaction with people, friends, family members, and acquaintances keeps your brain stimulated, which is highly desired to maintain its good health.
Eats Lots Of Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals (some even have antioxidants) that are essential nutrients that maintain good health. Have at-least 3 servings of these per day, so that a major part of your meal plate (at any time) is filled with them. They decrease the risk of many diseases, some of which are even fatal (including diabetes and cancer), among others. While delaying aging, they will also help you look young.
Drink Alcohol In Moderation
Drinking alcohol in moderation is good for the health of your heart, and delays death, according to some studies. According to NIAAA (The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), moderate drinking is consumption of 2 drinks a day, for men who are 65 years of age or younger. It is 1 drink a day for women of all ages, and men above 65 years of age. The standard drink contains around 14 grams of alcohol. Hence 1.5 ounces of the distilled spirits, or 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of the regular beer, comprise one drink. You increase the risk of certain diseases, including cancer, when you drink more than 2 standard drinks a day.
You should not start to drink, if you do not, as alcohol is addictive. There are other, better ways of having good heart health as well.
Regular exercise boosts your health, delay diseases, and keeps you fit and strong. Some high intensity cardiovascular exercises, including running, can delay death by around 4 years. You can also improve your strength and bone health, by doing strength training, a few times every week, in between your cardiovascular sessions. Even moderate and low intensity exercises, including walking, are good for heart health.
Get Rid Of Tobacco
Tobacco consumption (in all forms, including chewing and smoking) causes millions of deaths, worldwide, each year. The silent killer causes cancer, and a number of other diseases. Get rid of the nasty habit, before it is too late.