Friday, November 15, 2013

5 Tips to Help You Live Longer

Wouldn't it be great to spin back the hands of time and get an extended look at life? Well, although there may not be a way to go back in time, there is a way to extend it. Check out these five tips to help you live a longer and happier life.

Exercise More

Exercising not only promotes good physical health, it will also help you live longer.  Daily exercising is highly recommended, even if it is just a swift walk. It will reduce your risk of heart disease and promote the release of endorphins that perpetuate happiness.

A recent study shows that for every 1 minute of exercise you can extend your life up to 7 extra minutes. This is a small investment for something as valuable as time. So if you want to live a longer and happier life, then take the time to put fitness first.

Eat Better

Improving your diet is a fast and easy way to extend your life. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America and is easily avoided by implementing a proper diet. There are several different kinds of diets, and each one can have its benefits. Here are a few healthy eating tips to consider when revamping your diet.

Minimize Gluten in your diet- Gluten; found in wheat, barley, and other grains, is an inflammatory food that agitates your intestines. Many people are actually unknowingly allergic to gluten.

• Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are filled with healthy fibers and antioxidants. They can even help to lower the risk of heart disease by up to 76 percent.

• Monitor your fat intake. The kinds of fat you chose to put into your body can play a large role in your well-being. You should lower your intake of trans fat and substitute it for omega-3 fish oil when possible.
Your diet plays a huge role in the quality and length of your life. It can reduce the likelihood that you'll contract major diseases and perpetuate a healthy and happy lifestyle that will add several years to your life.

Get Enough Rest

Although you may think that a lot of sleep means less time living, it is actually proven that a substantial amount of quality sleep can help you live longer.

There are several studies that suggest anywhere between six and nine hours each night is ideal. There is no specific time frame, rather it suggests that you shouldn't hit the snooze button. That time when you wake up naturally is when you should start your day.

One of the best ways to improve your sleeping habits is to schedule an earlier bedtime and stick to it. After some time you will begin to fall into a sleep cycle that will become second nature. Not only is the quantity of sleep important, but you should also consider the quality of sleep. Once you improve the quality of sleep you will be on your way to a longer and happier life.

Drink Moderately

In small doses alcohol can actually provide health benefits. One study suggests that there is a tie between moderate drinking and a healthy heart. However, the keyword is moderately.

Drinking heavily can lead to obesity, dependency, abuse, and even depression. However, when practiced responsibly there are some very real health benefits to drinking. It can reduce blood pressure, decrease blood clotting, and even increase good cholesterol while eliminating bad cholesterol. So if you are someone who enjoys drinking, practice moderation and it can actually help you live longer.
Reduce Your Stress

There are several studies conducted proving that reducing stress in your life will help you live longer and more fulfilled. Having an active sexual life can be one of the easiest and more enjoyable ways to accomplish this. It can lead to lower blood pressure and protect against stroke or heart disease.

Being optimistic is another way to ease stress. People who exhibit more positivity actually have a 50 percent decrease in risk of early death compared to those who are pessimistic. In order to help improve the quality and longevity of your life, reduce the stress.

There is no hiding the fact that many people would do anything they could to live longer. Many people even devoted their life in the search of the Fountain of Youth, said to ensure invincibility. Although, these tips won't give you invincibility, they can help extend your life and improve the overall quality of it.

Author Bio:
Writer Molly is a prolific writer who spends all her time on the Internet writing about everything that fancies her. She is a well sought after guest writer who can write across all niches including, but not limited to, tech, gadgets, travel, finance, education, health, etc. You can find her on Twitter as @WriterMollyP.