10 Surefire Ways to Live a Long Life

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People today are living longer, healthier lives than those of previous generations. Better health care, safety awareness, and lifestyle factors all play a role, along with others. If you want to live to be in your seventies, eighties, nineties, and beyond, put these 10 tips into practice.

Eat healthy.

With countless eating plans to follow, pick one and stick with it. A high protein diet, measured portions, timed meals, and other food-related strategies can help you get in shape by losing or avoiding unneeded pounds. A healthy body will help you avoid serious, potentially fatal illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Exercise regularly.

A thirty- to forty-minute daily workout does wonders for the body and mind. You’ll burn extra calories, reduce stress, improve immune function, and increase mental focus, among other numerous benefits. Besides getting fit, exercise strengthens bones and muscles to keep your body toned and operational.

Manage stress.

Although stress is unavoidable in daily life, a moderate level can actually be helpful in motivating us to do or not do certain things that impact health. This might include getting work done instead of procrastinating, or seeing the doctor to check out symptoms instead of letting them go. However, excessive stress is detrimental to health. Substantial amounts of cortisol, a stress hormone, may be released in the body and cause harm. Elevated blood pressure and suppressed immune function are two possibilities. Relaxation, fun, and stress management are ways of putting life in balance instead of letting stress rule.

Avoid bad habits.

Alcohol, drugs, smoking, and sleep loss are bad habits that can damage bodily systems over time. Don’t start a bad habit, but if you already have, take steps to stop it. You may want to seek help from a qualified professional, such as a doctor or counselor.

Schedule checkups.

Many people put off seeing their doctors until serious symptoms can no longer be ignored. By then, it may be too late to prevent a disease or save a life. To protect your health, see your doctor every year or two for a full checkup. Visit the dentist for an oral exam and teeth cleaning every six months. Periodic x-rays like mammograms for women should be scheduled as well.

Get good sleep.

It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do to bolster health. At least seven and preferably eight hours of sleep can keep your body and mind working efficiently. Going without sleep, or even sleeping too much, can reduce cognitive effectiveness.

Be sociable.

Develop and nurture a few good friendships. Stay in touch. Share your friends’ joys and sorrows. Research shows that maintaining about six social outlets each month can help to preserve health and well-being while heading off emotional issues like depression.

Drive safely.

Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or your cell phone! Texting and driving is illegal in most states, if not all. Wear a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle. Watch out for drivers around you. Consider enrolling in defensive driving courses to improve your skills and watchfulness.

Have fun.

Take time to laugh with friends or your children. Watch movies with loved ones. Visit local or national parks to spend time in nature, which can be soothing and peaceful. Get tickets for a concert or baseball game. Indulge your interests and enjoy life.

Cultivate your spiritual side.

Recent studies have shown that people who pray, attend worship services, meditate, and help others through charities or volunteerism tend to be happier and healthier. Consider exploring your spiritual interests to find meaning in the present, as well as the past and the future.

Living to a ripe old age doesn’t require intense effort, nor is it costly. A healthy lifestyle makes you feel and look good, while protecting your life for decades to come. All of the activities mentioned above can be interesting and enjoyable in their own right, not just for the sake of aging well. Try one or all, and you’ll likely see almost immediate improvements.

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About Bethany Cleg

Bethany Cleg is a small business owner at Bethany Cleg Photography. She is an avid writer, photographer, and tech geek. When she’s not writing or taking pictures, you’ll find her hiking with her family.