The quality of the life we lead is on a downward spiral due to numerous reasons like stress, commitments, and personal issues – the list could go on forever. This directly or indirectly plays a huge role in negatively affecting our lives. However, small alterations in the way we live will help in improving our lives drastically.
Here’s a list of the 10 ways to increase your longevity:
Eat a fiber rich diet, particularly for breakfast. When you take in a lot of fiber instead of those pesky carbs, you manage to maintain your blood sugar levels throughout the day and can go longer between those annoying hunger pangs. People who eat fiber rich foods for breakfast have a good chance of postponing, and possibly avoiding, the incidence of diabetes, which is a known accelerator of aging.
Sleep for a solid seven to eight hours. This is a time tested cliché – but clichés are clichés because they are true! Not only does your body and brain need rest, it’s when you sleep that your body heals and regulates your cells. Every one needs a minimum of seven hours of sleep if they want to live a healthy lifestyle. Lack of sleep leaves you irritable and upset; chronic lack of sleep will definitely lead to all kinds of health issues, from diabetes to obesity, none of which are conducive to a long life.
Don’t be a couch potato (and professionals, don’t sit behind a desk all day). The more you exercise, the longer you live. You don’t have to go to the gym everyday; just a 30 minute walk 5 times a week is more than enough to keep you healthy. Be regular though, for definite results – go out, take in some fresh air and clear your head! I guarantee the results will be amazing!
Add more fish to your diet. Eating fish twice a week lowers your risks of a heart attack as well as ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower triglycerides and depression. They are anti-inflammatory in nature and help to reduce blood clotting, which is why scientists believe that omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of heart attacks. These acids also help in lowering your blood pressure. So eating fish, like salmon and tuna – which have an abundance of these acids – will reduce your risks of having a fatal heart attack.
Don’t smoke and don’t over-drink. This goes without saying – the less you smoke and drink, the better your life is going to be! Smoking increase your risk of cancer, and drinking can lead to liver failure if you indulge too much. An occasional drink is fine, but don’t become an addict – that is a definite way to decrease your longevity.
Learn to de-stress. One of the biggest causes of heart attacks is long-term chronic stress over long and frequent periods of time. Don’t take yourself and life too serious, learn to let go once in a while; if you start feeling stressed or upset, take a few deep breaths – meditation also works wonders. The more stressed you are, the lesser your longevity!
Take occasional breaks from the world. This is an extension of the previous idea – just take a breather from your work, your commitments and your responsibilities for a day or two and let your brain relax! Don’t overtax your senses – spend some time away from civilization to recharge your batteries and reduce any worries. This will increase your longevity and you’ll return to work twice as good as before.
Have an active sex life. Research has shown that people who have orgasms on a regular basis can postpone, and possibly completely avoid depression. And another report in the American Journal of Cardiology indicated that having sex two or three times a week reduces your risk of heart attacks. So go ahead and make sweet love to your spouse – it’ll strengthen your relationship as well as keep you healthy and vibrant.
Laugh throughout your day. A study conducted by the University of Maryland reported that laughing for 15 minutes in one day can improve the blood flow to the heart up to a huge 50%, which means your risk of heart problems goes down. And laughing throughout the day reduces your stress levels and you learn to take things lightly, which means you can better handle any situation your bad boss throws at you with ease!
Spend time with friends and family. Man is, after all, a social animal. Interact with the people around you, particularly those who make you laugh and smile. Take time off work to go on a vacation with your friends; take a stroll in the park with your spouse – it reduces your stress marvelously! Being connected will help you avoid depression, which is a major cause for premature death in older adults. When you have someone to spend time with, you’re not lonely and you have someone to watch your back and take care of you when you need it. So go have fun with your family and friends!
Scientists and health care providers have been telling us for years that sustained negative emotions are detrimental to our health. Some scientists wondered if the inverse might be true and major happiness research has been undertaken. The results are in. Great news! Happiness is good for your health and essential to your well-being! Research supports the claim that happier people are healthier and more successful people.
The Effects of Sustained Negative Emotions
If you are like most Americans, stress on the body has been a topic of conversation with your healthcare provider for quite some time now. Stress contributes to high blood pressure, migraines, tension headaches, heart disease, skin disorders, Alzheimer’s, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental illness. Chronic rage, sorrow, and fear have all been proven to have a very negative impact on your health as well. Continue reading
Travel down memory lane and think about the times when you were happiest—you’d find that it was when you were at your creative best–be it while painting a picture, growing your business, or simple working.
In order to be creative, doesn’t really require any extra talent—creativity is just as well associated with making a new dish or designing a new business plan as it is with painting a portrait or making something from nothing.
In the United States, over one-third of all adults are classified as obese, according to research in the Journal of American Medicine. Obesity is well-known for negatively impacting your health, but it can also cause issues in your career. Obesity impacts your socioeconomic status in many ways and the following statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics provide a broad example of this impact:
- Those who are Mexican-American and Non-Hispanic African American and obese have a lower income than those of the same race who are a normal weight.
- Women of all races and cultures typically earn less when they are obese.
Everyone has dreams and goals they want to accomplish. These dreams range from things like traveling, losing weight, pursuing your ultimate career, or even owning your own business. However, as you go on your journey to realize your dreams, there are always obstacles that can get in your way and lead to sabotaging your efforts. The key is to know what these hijackers are so you can plan for them. When you plan well, you are able to put provisions in place that will prevent these issues from getting in the way of your dreams.