These 5 Simple Habits Will Help You Live A Longer & Healthier Life

Being healthy in today’s modern and busy life can sometimes be quite challenging. Nevertheless, we hold the key to our health, which eventually leads to a longer life. Bad habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising and not eating enough fruits and vegetables have been found to be the causes of many early deaths. However, you can take control of your health by starting with these 5 simple habits to prolong your life.

1.   A healthy diet

It is essential to eat a healthy diet. Nowadays, many foods are filled with health hazardous additives and that’s why we must choose wisely. Start from fruits and vegetables: fill your plate with these colorful and delicious vitamins. Choose food which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, trout or mackerel, at least twice a week. Whole grain foods are always a healthier choice than refined grains. You can vary your intake of whole grain foods by eating barley, bulgur, kasha, quinoa, whole oats, and brown rice. Don’t forget your proteins! Proteins are to be found in beans, nuts, and grains and they help you get the full complement of amino acids.

2.   Mental exercise

Exercises for your brain are also very important in maintaining overall health. Mental workouts reduce the risks of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Keeping the brain busy helps with its cognitive functioning on a long-term basis. Train your brain with activities that focus the mind. You can try with learning new things or expanding your professional knowledge, doing puzzles or any other problem-solving activities.

3. Physical exercise

It goes without saying that physical exercise has many positive effects on our bodies, one of them being the prevention of heart disease. There is a wide array of physical activities we can do. You can go for the classic ones such as jogging or even walking. These two are crucial for getting your blood pumping and your heart working. Also, they add some years to your life! Some studies have found that pumping iron helps you live a longer life. Basically, even light activities such as walking around the house and doing chores can lengthen your life. Moreover, there is one more, less familiar way of living a long and healthy life: playing golf. Golf is beneficial not only for your body but for the mind as well. It prevents widely spread heart disease and stroke. So, who knew that an occasional golf swing can keep you sane and healthy!

4. Socializing

People are sociable creatures. Socializing with other people is one of the best stress relievers. Some studies have found that people who make meaningful connections to others have a happier and thus longer life. It also speeds up recovery from disease. Better immune function stems from achieving social connections. Younger generations will love this: even connecting on social media can bring you a longer life! Interactions on social networks, as long as they are supportive and meaningful, release oxytocin, also known as the “feel good hormone.”

5. Healthy indulgences

If you live a healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some less healthy habits once in a while. Some of the generally considered unhealthy habits have actually a few benefits. For example, coffee. Some studies have found that coffee intake actually reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes, dementia, and heart disease. Good prevention against cardiovascular disease is red wine. It also helps prevent heart disease, decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of dementia. All in all, it’s good for our overall health. Another important indulgence: dark chocolate. Consuming dark chocolate has anti-aging properties. It can also protect us from fatal heart attacks and lowers the risk of cancer.

If you still haven’t started working on prolonging your life, it’s high time you do so. The quintessential thing is to have the will. If you have the will to change your lifestyle, you have the power as well. Organize your diet, vitamin and protein intake, do exercise, play golf, enjoy nature, socialize with other people and make meaningful connections, train your brain and allow yourself a few indulgences. Start with small steps. It’s also good to have in mind the habit of people with the longest lifespan in the world. They are of course Japanese people who stop eating when they are 80% full.

Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. She’s passionate about self-growth and living better lives by nurturing our relationships. In her spare time, you can find her window shopping or hike with her furry four-legged friend.

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