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.