We’re living longer nowadays, with improved medicine and more knowledge about the best way to care for ourselves. There are lots of small everyday habits we can adopt to make us feel our best now and all through our lives. Here are six of them:
Watch Less TV
The more TV show marathons you sit through, the less likely it will be that you’ll want to get up to do anything else. But there’s a scarier reason why you should hide the remote.
Studies have found a correlation between the amount of time spent in front of the TV and a risk of premature death and heart disease. So turn off the TV and play a game, go for a walk outside, shake your booty, work on an art or craft project, read a book, or spend time with a friend![/one_half_last]
Eat More Nuts
A Harvard study found that people who eat nuts every day are 20 percent less likely to die from any cause during the study. Nuts have cholesterol balancing qualities that are thought to be the reason for them improving life expectancy. Here are some delicious ideas to include more nuts in your diet:
• Walnuts or almonds to breakfast cereal or oatmeal
• Walnuts or almonds to salads
• Peanuts or cashews to stir fries and curries
• Almonds to rice dishes[/one_half]
Eat Less Red Meat
Studies have found that initially healthy people are more likely to develop heart disease and cancer if they eat red meat regularly.
Eating other proteins such as fish, chicken, dairy products or legumes instead of red meat can lower your risk of premature mortality.
Get Out For a Jog
Exercising has been proven to benefit us immediately with endorphins, a clearer mind and lower blood pressure. The benefits are also long term.
A Danish study has shown that jogging can increase life expectancy in men by over six years and in women by over five years when they jog one to two and a half hours per week.
Find Your Inner Peace
Meditation, according to a study at the University of California- Davis, causes higher levels of telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens the telomeres at the ends of your chromosomes, which affect aging. Meditation is also a great way to de-stress and manage your blood pressure, which is essential in preventing a number of diseases. [/one_half_last]
Laugh Out Loud
Finding humor in your everyday life can strengthen relationships and help shift perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic light. Go to a comedy club, read the comics, share a funny story, play with a pet, or seek out funny people to create opportunities to laugh every day.
Laughter has been shown to decrease pain, relax muscles, and help prevent heart disease.
Start getting into these habits today to live a longer, happier, healthier life!
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