Even though it’s impossible for one to predict how long they’re going to live, the truth is that there are some habits, activities and lifestyle choices that are known to prolong one’s life. If you manage to combine enough of these factors, you just may be able to make a noticeable difference. With that in mind, here are top five health tips for living longer that you need to consider.
Stop eating processed food
The first thing you need to understand is the fact that the nutrients within your meals (fat, carbohydrates and protein) don’t matter nearly as much as their source. Saying that “meat is meat” is outright wrong, seeing as how the difference between deli meat and lean chicken breast is astronomical in favor of the latter. Same goes with white bread when compared to whole-grain bread or saturated versus unsaturated fats. Any diet that suggests that you should avoid a certain nutrient (be it fat or carbohydrates) is bad and needs to be avoided. Instead, you need to start eating healthy portions and stop eating processed food.
The older you get, the harder it will be for you to stay on the move. Still, just because something is hard it doesn’t mean that you can just ignore it. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym every day, seeing as how just taking a stroll around the neighborhood might be enough to keep you healthy. Running is always recommended and the biggest problem with it lies in the fact that a lot of people find it tedious and mentally exhausting. Nonetheless, there are more than several ways for one to start liking running, ranging from downloading the right soundtrack, all the way to gamifying it with an adequate app.
Have everything planned out
One of the things that causes the most stress is the uncertainty of what the future might bring. Therefore, by having everything planned out in time, you can avoid getting the worst out of this situation. For instance, you need to have your 401K well stocked and resist every urge to dip into it, whenever you are experiencing a financial crisis. Other than this, if you plan to move to an aged care facility, later on, it might be for the best to start prospecting potential resorts right away.
Surround yourself with positive people
There are some people who simply have the ability to drain our life energy and make an hour spent with them last like an eternity. Not only do these people have a negative impact on your mood but are also people who actively stress you out. Stress is a slow and silent killer, which is why avoiding it prolongs your life. To fight this, you need to surround yourself with positive people. Now, those who do plan to move to a retirement center, something we’ve previously discussed, will have an easier time surrounding themselves with the company of their peers.
Drop your bad habits
The last and the most intuitive tip of them all is to drop your bad habits, ranging from substance abuse, all the way to engaging in activities that are bad for your health, in the long run. Sure, you may enjoy these things, at the moment, however, they take a toll on your body, your energy and your budget. Triumphing against each of these habits can be incredibly hard, yet, the reward that you get in the improvement of the quality of your lifestyle is more than worth it.
The duration of your life is not the most important thing in the world, seeing as how it’s quality that matters far more. Spending the last decade (or a few) of your life in constant agony, pain and illnesses, as well as by being restricted by virtually everything can be an agonizing experience. By adhering to these rules, you’ll not only prolong your life but you’ll manage to get the most out of it and make your life worth living.