If you came here for eternal life’s “magic bullet”, you’ll soon be disappointed. But if you came for real-life tips on living longer, we found a great list to share! Web MD published a handy list entitled: “18 Secrets for a Longer Life“. It contains practical advice on tipping the scales in your favor. What can you do to prolong your life? How can you stack the odds in your favor? Here’s a list that spells it out!
What’s the key to living longer?
WebMD.com offers 18 tips for living longer, here are the top 10:
1. Protect your DNA – Studies show diet and exercise can protect the ends of your chromosomes (called telomeres) by making them longer/healthier.
2. Play to Win -An 80-year study found that people who are conscientious, and try to do the right things in life – live longer.
3. Make Friends – Studies show that social adept people live longer (and typically more fulfilled) lives.
4. Choose Friends Wisely – This one is interesting. WebMD says, “Your friends’ habits rub off on you, so look for buddies with healthy lifestyles. Your chances of becoming obese go up if you have a friend who adds extra pounds.”
5. Quit Smoking – Duh!
6. Embrace the Siesta – I’m all for this one…
A study that involved 24,000 people suggests those who have a regular snooze are 37% less likely to die from heart disease than those who rarely steal a few winks. Researchers think naps might help your heart by keeping stress hormones down. – WebMD
7. Follow a Mediterranean Diet – The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and fish. WebMD says that “an analysis of 50 studies involving more than half a million people confirms the benefits”.
8. Eat Like an Okinawan – Now I realize I just told you to follow a mediterranean diet… But here’s another idea that’s quite healthy;
The people of Okinawa, Japan, once lived longer than any other group on Earth. The region’s traditional diet, which is high in green and yellow vegetables, and low in calories gets the credit. – WebMD
9. Get Hitched – Yup it’s true, getting married can add some time to your life-clock. Many believe it’s because of the social nurturing and economic assistance marriage can render.
For 8 more tips on living longer jump on over to WebMD, and view the slideshow. Do you have any habits that you believe contribute to longer/healthier lives? Let us know in the comments below!