10 Ways to Live Longer

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Life doesn’t come with guarantees about health and longevity, but you can take measures that may increase your chance of living a longer life. What’s more, it’s easier than you probably think. We’re sharing simple tips that will fit into busy lifestyles. Check out these 10 ways to live longer.

And you do deserve to live a longer, healthier life. The key is to make a commitment to embrace these positive changes. If the idea of incorporating all of these tips is overwhelming, choose one and start there. Make it part of your life for a month, and then add another to your lifestyle. You’ll look better, feel better, and you may add a few years to your life by reducing your chances of developing conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

10 Ways to Live Longer

1. Eat Clean
Simply swap out unhealthy food habits for healthy ones. Clean eating is a smart way to make that positive change. When you adopt a clean eating lifestyle, you exchange processed foods for those that are non- or minimally-processed. For example, enjoy healthy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese instead of serving boxed mac-n-cheese in all its funky day-glo glory.

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2. Move Your Body, Everyday
Exercise regularly by jogging, running, cycling, or doing SkinnyMs. Workouts. Even when you’re not breaking a sweat, you can still move. For example, take the stairs or park at the far end of the parking lot.

3. Make It Meatless, More Often
Research suggests that vegetarians have a 12% lower risk of premature death than those who eat meat [1]. Check out 10 Tips for Switching to Vegetarianism. Not ready to make a full-on switch? Go veggie one day a week. See our Top 10 Meatless Monday Recipes.

10 Ways to Live Longer

4. Get Your Yoga On
This ancient practice combines exercise with meditation and deep breathing to improve fitness and relieve stress. Get started with Yoga Time Workout for Beginners.

5. Be Social
Having a support network of family and friends will help boost longevity, so don’t wait until your schedule clears—set a date with someone you love. Double the longevity power by making an exercise date. Go for a run, meet at the gym, or try the Burn Some Serious Fat Workout together.

6. Ditch the Takeout
People who cook at home five times per week are 47% more likely to be alive after a decade, according to researchers [2]. One of the simplest ways to beat the takeout trap is to plan menus ahead. Take a few minutes to set a recipe game plan before the weekly shopping trip. Check out these SkinnyMs. Menu Planning Ideas.

7. Watch Portion Sizes
People living in Okinawa, Japan, an area known for its people’s longevity, say “Eat until you’re 80% full.” This is one of those live longer tips that’s easier to adopt than you think. Start watching portion sizes to get a handle on how much you consume. Learn how in 6 Easy Ways to Reduce Portion Sizes.

10 Ways to Live Longer

8. Enjoy Your Morning Joe
Coffee consumption, in moderation, may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. It also delivers a dose of antioxidants. Try this healthy recipe for Coffee Creamer.

9. Find Your Sleep Sweet-Spot
Find your sleep sweet-spot. Make sure you get enough shut-eye. Lack of sleep decreases the effectiveness of your immune system and triggers overeating. Most women need 6-8 hours per night.

10. Be Kind to Yourself
Be kind to yourself. When you make a mistake and give in to an unhealthy habit, don’t give up! Forgive yourself and jump right back into that healthy lifestyle.

So, which live longer tips are you going to make part of your life?

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Resources
[1] http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/tjnj-vda053013.php
[2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/cooking-longevity_n_1518466.html

 

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