Nobody can predict the future, but if it’s a long and healthy lifespan we’re hoping for, all we can do is pave the way to facilitate that happening. According to scientists, there are general healthy habits we can pick up and stick to which have been proven to promote longevity.
Though there are many ways in which we can take care of ourselves, here are 15 longevity tips to start incorporating into your life:
Longevity tips Nº1
1. Plant Protein
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As nature intended, they are low-prep and packed full of essential fatty acids and minerals. It’s one of the best snacks you can eat!
Different spices have different health benefits. Turmeric and cinnamon, for example, are absolutely brimming with health-boosting properties. There are hundreds of spices out there to discover, so why not research the healthiest ones and incorporate them into your daily cooking?
Similar to the health benefits of nuts, fish supply a generous amount of essential fatty acids and protein. As a bonus, it’s better for cholesterol levels than any other meat by far.
5. Fresh Fruit & Veg
This can’t be repeated enough times. If you don’t eat fresh fruit or vegetables on a daily basis, your nutrient levels will be poor and your immunity won’t be working optimally.
Longevity tips Nº2
6. In Nature
Dedicate whole days where you go to the countryside. Whether hiking, camping, going for a picnic and stroll or just a gentle walk along the beach front, inhale deeply whenever possible. That air will do you a whole lot of good.
7. With Yoga/Meditation
Deep breathing is vitally important when practicing yoga or meditating. When we breathe deeply, our brain is provided with more oxygen more efficiently. Our heart rate becomes steady and we are able to think clearly, feel calmer and act more rationally.
8. When Exercising
Shallow breaths or ragged breath is going to inhibit the way we exercise. If you want the most out of your workout, always breathe deeply and find a rhythm that matches your movement with your inhale/exhale. Remember, the only way to get more oxygen to your muscles and brain is by taking in more volumes of air. The only way we can achieve this is through deeper breathing.
9. When Stressed
Stress is a huge killer, and one of the worst states our body can be in – something you want to avoid for promoting longevity! When we feel ourselves becoming increasingly stressed or overwhelmed, deep breathing will always bring us back down again. If you can control your breathing, you can handle yourself and the situation smoothly.
10. For Better Sleep
Quality sleep is one of the most important building blocks for longevity. Aid your sleep cycle by breathing deeply as you shut your eyes for a power nap or good night’s rest.
Longevity tips Nº3
11. Get Enough Sunshine
20 minutes of exposure is all you need per day to maintain optimum health. Too much sun can unfortunately have just as bad as an effect, if not worse, than not enough sun. The key is to always wear sun protection if you’re going to be outside for more than half an hour.
12. Keep It Moving
If your job requires you to be seated for the majority of the day, regular breaks or periods of standing and pacing around is the best way to try and overcome the bad effects of staying sedentary. Keeping the muscles activated and blood moving around will prevent a lot of issues in the long run.
13. Train Your Brain
Although relaxing is necessary, too much “monging-out” can actually reduce our level of intelligence and cause our brain cells to waste away. Playing brain games on a regular basis and accepting challenges in both our personal and work life will help keep the brain switched on, which is believed to prevent mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia from developing. We like using brain training apps to keep our minds sharp. It’s the perfect thing to do when waiting in line or stuck on your daily train commute.
14. Stay Social
Nurturing our relationships is important for mind, body and soul. We are by nature, social beings and require regular socialisation to be wholesome. When life gets hectic, our relationships are often the first priorities that go out the window. Make a habit of not going too many weeks without scheduling some good ole pal-time with the people you care about.
15. Find Purpose
“Studies show that creating meaning in life brings happiness and greater health,” says psychologist Deborah Serani, author of Depression in Later Life. The sad fact is that a lot of people were dealt harsh, lonely cards in life, and they have to work a little harder at making their life feel worth living. Finding hobbies and making a plan of action is the best way to keep on track.
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