Making just a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer. Adopt the following six habits to keep your body looking and feeling young.
Don’t Smoke. If you smoke, quitting is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to increase your health and your life span. Quitting can slow disease and increase survival odds, even in smokers who have already caused significant damage to their lungs.
Turn Off the TV. Too much time in front of the television can take a serious toll on your health. One reason sedentary behavior has such a significant impact on your health is because you expend less energy when you’re sitting or lying down than when you’re on your feet, just standing or walking around.
Don’t Overeat. Author Dan Buettner, who studies longevity around the world, found that the oldest Japanese people stop eating when they are feeling only about 80 percent full. When possible, try to eat before you are extremely hungry; this will help control overeating. Slow down when it’s meal time and chew your food well before swallowing.
Stay Out of the Sun. Avoiding the sun can head off skin cancer, and it can also keep you looking young by preventing wrinkles, lines, and saggy skin. When you are going to be outside for more than 15 minutes, reach for the sunscreen (SPF of 30 or higher).
Eat Fruits and Vegetables. Eat at least three servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Fruits and veggies are nutritional powerhouses filled with fiber and vitamins, and they can lower your risk of heart disease by 76 percent. They may even decrease your risk of certain cancers.
Exercise. Exercise not only makes you feel great and keeps you toned, but it aids in lower blood pressure, decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke, and trimming the chances of becoming obese or developing diabetes. In general, exercise extends longevity by diminishing the risk of a variety of different ailments. Moderate exercise, for example, a quick 30-minute walk each day, can lower your risk of heart problems.