If you are lucky enough to have the right genes, it can boost your chances to living to 100. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have that type of genes. Genetics is something you can’t control, but there are many things you can do to increase your likelihood to live to old age.
One of the most important things is mental attitude. A positive attitude is essential for increasing your odds for a happy and long life. Having a smile on your face that you share with the world is essential to a positive outlook.
Proper diet and nutrition, as everyone knows, is important. We have all heard this time and time again, you are what you eat. Eating fruits and vegetables each day, in addition to whole grains, and cutting down on salt, fats and sugar can help in your quest for longevity.
Exercising is also necessary. Do a physical activity that you really love to do for at least a half hour a day. Try to vary your routine, walking or running one day and using weights the next day. As you get older, you will need to do some form of stretching or yoga to help you slow down the aging process.
Studies have shown that people who sleep between 6 ½ and 7 hours a night live the longest. On the other hand, people who sleep 8 or more hours or less than 6 ½ hours a night don’t live as long.
Taking multivitamins, including calcium and vitamin D, can also help lengthen your life.
You shouldn’t neglect your oral health. Poor oral health increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. People with gingivitis and periodontitis have a 23 to 46% higher mortality rate than those that don’t.
It is important to have regular medical checkups. Diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease can be prevented and treated if caught early.
Many studies show that married people live longer than unmarried people. This is especially true for men because married men are 6% more likely to go to a doctor for checkups because their wives encourage them to do so.
You can fight off depression by being close with friends and family. This can boost your body’s immune system.
Learn how to fight off stress. Walking, meditating, being with friends and enjoying music, all can help you enjoy life better and live longer.
Volunteering has been shown to have a strong link to longevity.
It is known that people who have pets tend to live longer because they are less lonely and depressed, and tend to exercise more.
There are a number of things to do to increase your longevity. Most of these things are just common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is not so common today. One final tip, laughing for 15 minutes a day can improve the blood flow to the heart by 50% reducing the risk of heart disease. Laughter is the best medicine so the best advice is to laugh and enjoy life.