A recent study found that four bad behaviours—smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising, and not eating enough fruits and veggies—can hustle you into an early grave, and, in effect, age you by as many as 12 years.
Fortunately, you can do something to live a healthy life by correcting few unhealthy behaviours and building health discipline.
Adopt the following habits for a healthy life and keep your body’s look & feel young.
If you want to live to 100, leaving a little bit of food on your plate may be a good idea.
Do you know why Japanese people are fit in old age too?
Because Japanese people stop eating when they are feeling only about 80% full.
Eating less helps you age slower
Limiting calories lowers production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism—and speeds up the ageing process.
Having satisfying sex two to three times per week can add as many as three years to your life. Getting busy can burn an impressive amount of calories—sometimes as much as running for 30 minutes. (Which would you rather do?)
Regular sex may also lower your blood pressure, improve your sleep, boost your immunity, and protect your heart, eventually leading to a healthy life.
Too much time in front of the TV can take a serious toll on your health. People who watch TV four or more hours a day were 46% more likely to die from any cause than people who watched less than two hours a day.
Even cutting back a little can help; each additional hour you watch increases your overall risk of dying by 11% and dying from heart disease by 18%
Research shows that you’re at greater risk of heart disease without a strong network of friends and family. Lonliness can be just as dangerous as having high cholesterol or even smoking.
Loneliness seems to pose the greatest risk for elderly people, who are also prone to depression.
Women who have two or more drinks a day and men who have three or more may run into detrimental effects ranging from weight gain to relationship problems. But in smaller quantities, alcohol can actually be good for you.
One drink a day for women and two for men may lead to significant heart benefits.
Whole foods offer a balance of healthy carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and other nutrients.
Daily exercise may be the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. Regular high-intensity exercise (such as running) can add up to four years to your life, which isn’t surprising given the positive effects working out has on your heart, mind, and metabolism.
Even moderate exercise—a quick, 30-minute walk each day, for example—can lower your risk of heart problems.
Being healthy involves more than eating an occasional salad or going for a short walk once every few weeks, but while you’ll need to put in some effort, your health is well worth it. Making lifestyle improvements may require some gradual adjustment, but improved health is readily accessible once you commit to it.
Live Healthy, Live Longer