Eating right and staying active are key to live longer. But some less-obvious habits may also help you live longer. A joint 2008 study from the University of California and the non-profit ‘Preventive Medicine Research Institute’ found that lifestyle changes such as regular physical exercise, relaxing, meditation and a plant based diet, switch off cancer promoting genes in men who had had prostate cancer and turned on disease-prevention ones.
Not everyone looks their age. Some 60 year old look 40 and some 40 year olds look 60. Why is that so? There are three things that determine how we age; Genetics, environment and your lifestyle. Marcia Kaye, said that our genetics are only part of the equation. Living to a ripe old age is really up to you.
Here are 10 physical, emotional and social or lifestyle changes you can start making right now.
1. Control your stress
Only few things age you faster than stress, especially chronic stress. When stress is part of your everyday comings and goings, it begins to take its toll on you. Have you ever wondered why leaders of countries age faster? – stress. You can not eliminate stress, but you can control or manage it.
2. Manage your blood pressure
Hypertension is a common problem in our society. It can do real damage to your body and place you at increased risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease. If blood pressure remain high all the time, it will place undue wear and tear on your blood vessels. Hypertension or high blood pressure can be controlled, if recognized and managed properly. A healthy low-salt diet and exercise can help you live longer.
3. Do not smoke
Almost everybody knows that smoking causes significant heart and lung disease. Smoking also accelerates aging especially of the skin. There is no doubt that smoking will shorten your life and the lives of the people around you who inhale or breathe in your second-smoke. To live longer quit smoking.
4. Get a good sleep
According to Stephen G. Jones MD, sleep in many ways has remained scientific mystery. What has been discovered recently, is its profound effect on over all health. Sleep is important for maintaining a healthy memory. You need seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Lack of enough sleep increases blood pressure and can cause depression and ultimately shorten life.
5. Maintain good nutrition
Food is one of the basic joys of life. Eat the food you love but be ‘smart’ about portions. Most importantly, eat a varied diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables.
6. Exercise your body
You must exercise to keep your bones and muscles young. Run, walk, do aerobics, yoga. Just move to break a sweat.
7. Exercise your brain
Your brain holds every memory and emotions of your life; It gives you the ability to laugh, cry, create, to appreciate art and music and even the capacity to love. Effort should be made to keep your brain young and healthy. The best way to keep your brain healthy is to use it. Always keep your brain challenged, especially with new things.
8. Stay positive
If you choose to see yourself as old and failing, you will likely see yourself that way. Allowing yourself to get stressed and increasing your blood pressure will not help to keep you young and healthy.
9. Maintain close relationships
Loneliness and isolation create hurt that goes beyond emotional pains and it is not good for your health. Things change as we grow old – we can residence, lose friends, children moving away and so on. You can go out and meet new people. Relate with people, make new friends. Look for a companion.
10. Be spiritual
Our body, mind and spirit needs moment of quiet reflective inner peace. It can be prayer, meditation or just peaceful silence. They help you to calm, comfort your life and live longer.
11. Forget Chai Tea; Grab a beer instead
According to a paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, scientific studies showed that moderate drinking (one to three drinks per day) is associated with the lowest mortality rates, while abstaining from alcohol completely increases a person’s risk of dying. What’s more, the study showed that mortality rates among people who abstain from alcohol are actually higher than those of hardcore alcoholics.
This doesn’t mean you should polish off a handle of Jack Daniel’s every night. Experts recommend moderation and red wine, as red grapes are believed to benefit heart health and blood circulation that can make one to live longer.
12. Have a lot of sex
Science has provided men with the ultimate pickup line: “Want to go back to your place? It’ll help you live longer.” The geniuses behind the Caerphilly Cohort Study discovered that sexual activity has a “protective effect” on health. Though the study specifically focuses on the health benefits men can expect to gain from frequent sexual activity (just leave that part out when using the pickup line), there is additional evidence to support the notion that women benefit from more frequent boudoir encounters, as well.
Sex promotes physical well-being, stress relief and mental acuity. What’s more, the study shows that men who achieve frequent orgasms (approximately 100 per year) can increase life expectancy by three to eight years and reduce mortality risk by as much as 50 percent.