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7 Ways to Extend Your Life Expectancy

While there are definitely no guarantees in life, including when you will take your last breath, there are ways you can help tip the scales in your favor if a longer life is a goal. And let’s be honest, you want to live till you’re 100 to see the world in the future, right?

While living longer is important for many people, maintaining a high quality of life into older age is also a huge factor. Here are seven ways that may help you live longer, while enjoying the time you have on this planet a little more…

1. Keep Moving

Sure, sitting on the couch all day may reduce your chances of getting hit by a truck, but you really aren’t doing yourself any favors in the long run. Best Health magazine says that “even if you’re 50 and have never taken part in a physical activity,” it’s still not too late to start getting the benefits (one of them apparently being a longer life).

The source explains that a “brisk” 1/2-hour walk 3-times per week can “basically reverse your physiological age by about ten years”. Apparently there is research to back this up: a study of 220-retirement aged men (half who followed this exercise regime, half who didn’t) showed the active group had a 12-percent increase in aerobic power and 10-percent increase in strength and hip flexibility over a year period. It’s no surprise that shedding excess body weight can also increase your life expectancy.

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