When it comes to promoting longevity, everyone is on the lookout for ways to do so. However, as morbid as it may sound, death is an inevitability. Sure, it does not need to happen tomorrow, or even in the distant future for that matter, but someday it will.
Regardless, death is not accepted, but rather feared.
But then again, what is there to look forward to in death? You may still be bursting with life, and have many things that you wish yet to accomplish; and there’s no better way to complete that bucket list by living as long as you can.
The good news? Most people can live a very long, fulfilling life by making good lifestyle changes starting now. We know you are anxious to see what these are, so let’s get into it!
If you’re wondering why we started this list off with sleep, it’s actually simple; sleep is the time during which your body actively recovers and regenerates, making it obvious that you need to get adequate amounts of rest if you wish to keep your body is tip-top shape. Though your exact requirement for sleep varies by age and gender, a good ballpark average for most people is 7-9 hours.
Eating natural is a bit different from what you’ve become accustomed to, eating according to the “food pyramid.” Why? Because fundamentally the human body wasn’t designed to handle all sorts of grain based products, as is the base of this pyramid. Instead, focus on lots of veggies, some fruit and even fish and other animal meat.
Diets high in carbohydrate intake promote hastened fraying of DNA telomeres, which ultimately determine rate of again. The high bioflavonoid and other phytonutrients count will also help prevent abnormal cell replication (cancer)
Exercising every day is not ideal. But is better than not at all. The best frequency is about 4 times weekly, taking days off in-between to allow for recovery. The type of exercise matters as well, since purely aerobic exercise will result in muscle loss.
Be sure to include both aerobic (cardiovascular) with anaerobic (weight bearing) exercised to keep the muscles, bones and heart in peak shape. Nothing can accelerate aging and bodily decline as inability to move freely.
Cut Out Recreational Drugs
Recreational drugs are, as the name implies; substances consumed in a recreational setting and without real significance to health. Such recreational drugs commonly include alcohol and cigarettes, while though not illegal have proven negative effects on health. Cigarette smoking can shorten life by on average of 20 years, predispose you to cancers and cardio-pulmonary disorders uncommon in non-smoking persons. Alcohol drinking can compromise the liver, reducing your ability to process toxins.
Want to know the surest, fastest way to an early grave? Make you life’s aim about money. Why money? From a young age, we are programmed to seek high paying jobs and to own the fanciest things in life and inability to get these things lead to feelings of insignificance, depression, resentment and more, all harmful to your overall wellbeing.
In addition, you limit the amount of time you spend with family and loved ones, and ultimately life just slips away as does your health.
Live every single day by doing what makes you happy, spending time with ones that make you laugh and smile and you will be around for years to come.
Living your life to the maximum is not rocket science, even though it does require some degree of commitment. Juggling life can seem tough, but the sooner you learn to do so, the better equipped you will be to deal with life’s stressors and the more fulfilling your long life will be!