Every person wants to live a long life, to live with your grand kids and being happy and healthy. However, in reality, there're not many people reach that age unfortunately. You need to start thinking forward and plan on how you would live 50 years from now, the sooner you do that the higher chance that you can live your long life to 100 and here are 100 ways to do so.
A 2012 study published in the journal Aging found a correlation between optimism and longer lifespans. That’s right: A positive attitude toward life can be the difference between checking out early and being the last one at the party.
While sitting on the couch all day probably won’t help you make it to 100, tuning into the news just might. One 2011 study published in the International Journal of Public Healthfound that subjects who had the most exposure to mass media—including television news, online news, newspapers, and magazines—were more likely to follow a healthy Mediterranean diet, which, according to WebMD, has been linked to increased heart health and longevity. So it might be high time you start picking up a newspaper on your morning commute.
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It’s well-established that yoga is relaxing. But it turns out, all that relaxation can have some seriously age-defying cumulative effects. According to one Vox review of more than 50 studies, practicing yoga may improve quality of life for diabetes patients, reduce cardiovascular disease risk, and help manage high blood pressure.
A 2013 study of more than 70,000 people that was published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that vegetarians have a 12 percent lower risk of premature death than meat-eaters. And while that correlation might be related to diet, the researchers also noted that vegetarians tend to be more highly educated, less likely to drink alcohol or smoke tobacco, and more likely to get a healthy amount of exercise than non-vegetarians.
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According to a 2013 study published in journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine, baby boomers who remain hitched are less likely to die early than their single peers. The findings were based on a survey of 4,800 people born in the 1940s.
Believe it or not, sleeping in the buff could help you live longer, according to one 2014 study published in the journal Diabetes. That’s because as we sleep, our bodies cool slightly, causing reparative growth hormones to be released. If you’re too warm, you get fewer of those hormones. Plus, being coolerreduces the body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone that can lead to overeating, diabetes, and disease-causing inflammation.
Not only is laughing fun, but it’s also good for you! One 2016 study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that women with a strong sense of humor had a 73 percent lower risk of death from heart disease, an 81 percent lower risk of death from infection, and a 48 percent lower risk of death from all causes.
If you’re nuts for nuts, you’re in luck: One 2016 study published in BioMed Central found that people who eat nuts have a 39 percent lower risk of early death than people who don’t; walnut eaters, in particular, have a 45 percent lower risk of dying early.
In their book The Longevity Project, authors Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin wrote that being conscientious was one of the best predictors of a long life. They posited that people who are diligent and responsible may be more likely to adopt healthy behaviors, may be less prone to disease, and may find more success in relationships and in the workplace than those who are more careless.
According to a 2015 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research, people who practiced intermittent fasting—eating for six days and fasting for one—showed an increase in a longevity-boosting gene called SIRT 3 after 10 weeks. And before you ask: The participants didn’t follow a particularly healthy diet. “Feast” diets included things like Oreos, cake, and bagels with cream cheese.
A 65-year-old Hawaiian can expect to live another 16.2 years in good health. That’s compared to the 10.6 years of good health that a 65 year old in Mississippi can expect, according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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In a 2013 study of healthy older adults published in Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, researchers found that 32 weeks of exercise training that focused on balance and lower-extremity muscle strength (read: weight training) helped improve participants’ bone density. According to the researchers, this reinforces the idea that weight training can have positive effects on the aging process.
Turns out, embracing your age could help you live longer. One 2002 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that adults who developed positive attitudes about getting older lived more than seven years longer than those who had negative feelings about it.
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