10 things you can do to live longer
Aging begins the moment we are born.
You can add years, perhaps decades, to your
life if you:
- Eat lightly. As we age, our metabolism
slows down and we need fewer calories to
fuel our bodies. Reducing caloric intake by
15% to 30% can help avoid obesity and lower
your food bill.
- Eat whole foods. Today's food choices
offer more and more processed products. This
simply reduces the nutritional values and
concentrates the calories we consume. By
eating more foods as grown and reducing fat
intake, you also get a bigger nutritional bang
for your food buck.
- Exercise. By becoming even moderately
active regularly, you can improve your
overall health and well being. Exercise does
not need to be strenuous to be effective. By
developing a regular weekly exercise plan,
you can prevent muscle loss, reduce the
effects of osteoporosis, control cholesterol
levels and keep joints lubricated.
- Enjoy healthy, close relationships. We
may not want to admit it, but sometimes we
need other people's help. Having healthy
relationships also reduces stress.
- Donít smoke. Smoking is one of the main
causes of heart disease, cancer and stroke. It
constricts blood vessels, raises blood pressure
and can increase cholesterol levels. Smoking
is also very expensive.
- Get lots of fresh air. Open windows
instead of running the air conditioner and go
for regular walks outdoors. Our bodies need
lots of oxygen to function well. Getting
plenty of fresh air helps with lung capacity
and can improve blood circulation.
- Get plenty of rest. We need some time to
"re-charge our batteries" and if we don't, we
just run down more quickly. By not getting
enough sleep and rest, our bodies can become
more susceptible to illness and disease.
- Donít work yourself to death. You
should enjoy the work you do, but you should
not work yourself to exhaustion. Over-work
strains relationships, puts you at greater risk
of workplace accidents and contributes to
stress related ailments.
- Live simply, avoid stress. Have you
noticed that our lives have become far more
complicated? By reducing the "things" in our
lives and quit trying to keep up with your
neighbors greatly reduces stress. It puts less
strain on our wallets, too.
- Have regular bowel movements. We
don't like to talk about this, but many
ailments in today's society have been linked
to an underactive, lazy colon. Eating fibre
rich foods and drinking 8 to 10 glasses of
water daily can help greatly.
Plan to live longer – because it’s the responsible thing to do.
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