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Healthy Lifestyles to Live Long

On daily basis, things we do affect our health. Often times people think that life expectancy is only determined by genetics. Though gene plays important roles but environment and lifestyle are key. A study found that, at age 65, women with the healthiest lifestyle had an average life expectancy of about 24 years, compared with 21 years for women whose lifestyle was deemed less healthy. Life expectancy for men with the healthiest lifestyle was 23 years, vs. 17 years for men who were less healthy.

Healthy Lifestyles for Longer Life

Some of the healthy lifestyle to adapt, and possibly add extra few years to your life includes;

Quite Smoking: So many health agencies warn that smokers are liable to die young. It is not new that smoking affects coronary arteries and lungs, and smokers also have increased rates of cancer and risk of stroke.

Get Active: Always try to integrate physical activity into everyday routines, such as walking to the store or biking to work. Active living is not a formalized exercise program or routine, but instead means to incorporate physical activity, which is defined as any form of movement, into everyday life. 

Keep a Healthy Weight: Weight regulation is important for healthy living, according to studies, the healthiest people in the study maintained a body mass index (BMI)—a ratio of height to weight that measures body mass—of less than 25.

Eat Healthy: To eat healthy means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. Diets rich in fruits, veggies, fiber, and whole foods, has been shown to be protective against inflammation and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and certain cancers, that cause the majority of early deaths. People should understand that eat to maintain weight is not necessarily eating healthy, as this may only give a short-time goal.

Reduce Alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol increase your risk of heart disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, and certain cancers — all of which can lead to a shorter life span. If you must drink, it is advised you drink with moderation. Research recommends one drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men — is key to minimizing these negative health consequences.

Get Adequate Sleep: One important thing sleep does to the body is that it helps you recover faster from illnesses. Quality sleep can lower your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and mood disorder. To improve your longevity as an adult, try to go to bed at the same time each night, and it is important you get at least 8 hours of sleep everyday.

Reduce Stress: You may not be able to avoid stress entirely, but you can manage it. Research suggests that chronic stress can increase risk of depression, anxiety disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, and obesity, as well as shorten life expectancy. You can practice yoga, meditation and other stress relieving acts for stress management. 

Maintain a Healthy Social Network: Maintaining a good relationships may result in decreased stress levels, improved immunity, and an extended lifespan. Also, when you feel connected to others and spend time having fun, sharing, and laughing, you naturally feel better and improve the quality of your life.

Conclusion

Being consistent in Practicing these habits, can lead to a healthy old age. Even though it seems beyond human control to grow old. 

Ensure to practice all today and talk to your doctor from time to time.

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