1. When you spend quality time with family and friends you can add years to your life almost effortlessly. This is according to research at Cleveland Clinic. “Feeling content about others lowers the production of cortisol, a powerful stress hormone that causes a multitude of illnesses, plus prematurely ages your tissues,” reported David Snowdon, Ph.D., professor of Neurology at Sanders-Brown Center on Aging in Kentucky.
2. Live Longer By Moving Your Body Frequently
This small change in lifestyle has the potential for numerous health benefits. A study in the European Heart Journal showed that standing up for as little as two minutes each hour can lower blood pressure levels which have been linked to heart disease. In another study from the University of Tennessee, researchers discovered that just getting up during TV commercials and walking around the house throughout the evening can burn as many calories as walking a mile.
3. Live Longer By Not Smoking
If you smoke and are trying to quit, your body will thank you almost instantly. To help you survive nicotine cravings, it’s important to increase the production of happiness hormones and lower overall stress and anxiety. Numerous “quit smoking” programs are available on the internet that offer 24/7 support to increase your success rate. The most popular is Quitnet.com while another is Women.Smokefree.gov, the National Cancer Institute’s online support for women.
More Tips to Living Longer
Well known author Dr. Buettner who recently published The Blue Zones: 9 Power Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, identified nine common traits shared by people who live longer, healthier lives. He calls these traits the “Power of 9:”
1. Move Naturally – “Do your own house and yard work, go up and down your stairs with your laundry, knead your own dough,” Buettner advises.
2. Know Your Purpose – “Take time to recognize your values, strengths, talents, passions and gifts.”
3. Down Shift – “Relieve chronic stress by finding time each day to nap, meditate and pray.”
5. Plant Slant – “Eat mostly plant-based foods and small portions of meat no more than twice a week.”
6. Wine at 5 – “Drinkers live longer than non-drinkers. But moderation is the key.”
7. Family First – “Living in a loving, thriving family can add up to six years to your life. Work on a positive, committed relationship and stay close to your parents and grandparents.”
8. Belong – “Those with the most social connectedness tend to live longer,” Buetter says. “Be part of a group of healthy-minded, supportive people.”
9. Right Tribe – “Good friends have a positive effect on your longevity. Support them and adopt healthy behaviors together.”
Regular exercise and a diet of antioxidant-rich food gives us the opportunity to take control over how well we age and keep our bodies free from the diseases that are thought to be worsened by oxidation.