“Prevention is better than cure.” — Desiderius Erasmus
There are many factors that influence how long we will live. While some health conditions and diseases are unavoidable, others can be linked to lifestyle. Let’s see following 10 tips which can improve your life span.
Whether that’s through stress reduction or getting outside in the fresh air having regular daily walks. Research suggests that just 30 minutes walking every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones and boost muscle power and endurance. Regular walking could help extend your life expectancy. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
“There is no habit you will value so much as that of walking far without fatigue.” -Thomas Jefferson
2. Fruits and Vegetables
I’m a firm believer in eating healthy, balanced diet rich in all the essential nutrients that come from plant-based goodness, such as lots of fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses and plant-based proteins.
Perfect sleep is the key to good health. We are constantly being deprived of sleep because of modern society's demands. Excessive daytime sleepiness and daytime impairments like lowered focus, slower thinking, and mood swings are the main signs and symptoms of sleep loss. One of the telltale indicators of sleep deprivation is feeling unusually fatigued during the day.
“Sleep is the single most effective thing you can do for your brain and body.” - Mathew Walker
4. Eat nuts
Nuts are good sources of fat, fibre and protein and so they will make you feel fuller for longer, without giving you the sugar rush and subsequent dip that some sugary snacks will. A study in the Journal of Medicine found that those who ate the most nuts had a lower risk of dying of any disease, particularly cancer, heart disease or respiratory disease.
5. Don’t starve yourself
Restrictive diets can be dangerous for a number of reasons, such as the fact that they can lead to a loss of muscle. They can also lead to feelings of extreme hunger and cause fatigue and lethargy, as well as deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals. There’s also the tendency for people to get sucked into a starve/binge cycle and it can actually become harder to lose weight because of the fact that the metabolism is slowed down.
6. Have more sex
Lots of different studies have shown that an active sex life is closely linked with a longer life. Sex has many benefits including lowering the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other heart diseases.
7. Eating food or supplements to help your mood
Look for mood-boosting ingredients to maintain good mental health. For example, I took Omega 3 fatty acids to help improve my moods. Seek medical advice about which supplements can help whatever you’re experiencing, whether that’s tiredness, low mood or lack of energy.
8. Drink more water
Research suggests that drinking adequate amounts of water can reduce your risk of colon cancer and bladder cancer. It also helps to lubricate joints, hydrate cells and remove toxins through your liver and kidneys – helping you to live longer.
Regular exercise is in my opinion a far healthier way to achieve a healthy and sustainable weight and help you to live longer and happier.
10. Avoid Stress
Stress is the feeling of being unable to handle high levels of mental or emotional pressure. This is the most prevalent and silent killer of contemporary people. This is where 90% of all diseases originate. We are surrounded by individuals or an atmosphere that is slowly devouring us without our knowledge.
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact surrounded by assholes.” - Sigmund Freud