Tips for Living Better, Longer
In the 1920’s, the average life expectancy was 54; today the average life expectancy is 78. And more and more people are living to be 100. So what happened over the last 90 years and how can you improve your chances of living a long, active and healthy life?
Improvements in diet, nutrition, water supply, hygiene and health care certainly add a great deal to this story. And genetics have some say, but it is really your environment that determines how much of a say they really have.
Some people suggest that if you want to live to be 100, study what the people who have lived to be 100 do. Makes perfect sense. If you want to get an idea of how long you will live based on your current lifestyle, take the quiz at livingto100.com.
If you’re disappointed with the results, it’s never too late to improve your chances of living a long and healthy life. Here are some of the things you can do to stay around a little longer:
- Be optimistic – optimism reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and makes you healthier. One study reported that optimistic people decreased their risk of early death by 50% when compared with people who look at the glass as “half empty.”
- Don’t over or under sleep – Get 6 – 7 hours a night to live longer than those who sleep too much or too little!
- Get a pet – people who have pets are less lonely and depressed and tend to exercise more.
- Stick to moderation in all things – don’t drink too much alcohol, don’t eat too much junk foot and food high in fats, don’t over-medicate yourself and don’t drink too much caffeine. Give up smoking and any form of recreational drug.
- Develop and nurture close relationships – people who have close friends and family whom they can talk to and confide in live longer – they tend to be happier and less stressed and bored.
- Drink plenty of water – our bodies are mostly water, so we need to keep replenishing it with more water, and it flushes out toxins.
- Stay working or volunteer your time – people who have a purpose for getting up every day live longer and more fulfilling lives.
- Maintain a healthy spiritual life – believing in a “Higher Power” makes your life more meaningful.
- Exercise – to stay heart healthy and lean. Exercise also helps with chronic conditions like headaches.
- Keep your mind active – do crossword puzzles, play chess, join a book club or take a course. An active mind extends your life and decreases your risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
- Drink tea – especially green and black tea to reduce your risk for cancer and heart attacks.
- GET ADJUSTED – maintaining your central nervous system in optimal working condition keeps you healthier, from the inside out, and you just feel better!
- One other thing – do you want to live to be 100? Talk to a centenarian (a person who has lived to be 100+) and ask them how they got to where they are – then do what they did!