6 Habits That Will Help You Live Longer

We all want to live longer! We all want extra years with the people we love, enjoying our lives, making the most of the world we live in. Here’s a hard truth: the only way you’ll live longer tomorrow is by taking the right steps today. Try these tips, and start doing the things that will help extend your lifespan well into the future:

Move More

That doesn’t just mean working out at the gym! In fact, just relying on your daily gym workout for your weekly movement can lead to deficiencies with your mobility and flexibility, especially if you solely focus on strength training. You need to do as wide a variety of exercise and movement as possible—everything from walking to running to dancing to strength training to high intensity training to Yoga to Pilates to martial arts. The more variety you get in your movement, the more easily you will be able to move overall. Definitely strive to surpass the minimum recommended 150 minutes a week! Any chance you find to move around, take it.

Minimize Stress

Stress is one of the main risk factors in something like 80% of health conditions—that’s a pretty terrifying realization to come to, especially given how many of us deal with stress in our lives. Stress causes chronic inflammation, affects our digestive system, impairs immune function, and causes so many other negative effects on our bodies. If you want to live longer, you need to find healthy ways to cope with and minimize your stress. Spend more time relaxing, find stress management techniques, and reduce stressors in your life as much as possible. You’ll live a lot longer if you start dealing with your stress today!

Eat Less

Studies have indicated that those who live longest are those who eat less. Not only do they eat less food overall, but they eat a healthy balance of nutrients—plenty of fiber, some carbs, ample protein, good amounts of healthy fats, and a lot of natural fruits and veggies. Try to eat until your stomach is 80% full, then get up from the table and get on with other activities. Reducing your calorie intake will do wonders to extend your lifespan!

Drink in Moderation

The people who live the longest in the world drink alcohol, but they do so in moderation. An average of one to two drinks per day is definitely the maximum you should be drinking. And no, that doesn’t mean you can save up your daily alcohol allotment to have one or two big splurging days where you down six shots or shotgun beers. Daily moderation is more effective than abstinence and occasional overconsumption.

Eat Plant-Forward

There are a lot of studies that indicate that a diet heavy in plant-based products will contribute to a longer, healthier, and happier life. That doesn’t mean you should cut out animal products completely—some of them are critical for keeping your body working well for years to come. But you should consider reducing animal products and eating a lot more plant-based foods. A “Plant-Forward” diet can help to combat a lot of health problems!

Find a Purpose to Get Up

A project that inspires you, a creative hobby, an interest or passion you pursue regularly—these are all things that will help make your life worth living, meaning you’ll be happier and live longer. A “raison d’etre” is a critical component in a long, healthy, and happy life. You can’t just be invested in work and making money; you need to find something that motivates and inspires you to get out of bed in the morning.

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