There is no way to know how long someone will live. Anyone can catch a virus and succumb to it at any age (if you look at the situation with the pandemic, that is how it has been). You could end up in a freak accident as well. However, the odds of any of that happening to you are not in your favor. Sure, that does not mean zero, and the last thing you want to do is focus on you being part of those lower odds.
Therefore, why not have the belief that you will be fine, and maximize your chances of living a long life. You can minimize your chances of developing the leading causes of death which would be hypertension and heart disease, having a poor immune system to prevent you from beating ailments such as the flu or pneumonia, and cancer. There are some habits you can adopt to help you do that and let’s now go over them.
Add Some Time Into Your Day To Do Some Workouts
You do not need to head to the gym daily but if you can add a half-hour to do some cardio or weight lifting, or other helpful exercises that will help to strengthen your immune system, heart muscles, keep your blood pressure normal, and stay in good shape. You do not have to invest in expensive equipment either. You can take a brisk walk for a half-hour a day, and you can even do it in the winter if you don’t mind the cold. You won’t even feel cold either as you will break a sweat.
However, the fact that athletes are known to live longer shows that working out consistently will help you achieve that as well. You do not need to become an athlete or work out nearly as often and intensely as they do. However, if you can dedicate yourself to moving a half-hour a day, you will be adding years to your life.
There is truth that obesity can shave your lifespan because you are more prone to weight-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Therefore, the best thing you can do is either lose some weight if you are overweight or ensure that you stay at an optimal weight through maintenance. Either of those things involves calorie restriction. Therefore, you may also want to work with a dietician to learn about the right number of calories for you based on your weight and body type. You do not want to restrict your caloric intake too much or else that will defeat the purpose as you will go into starvation mode. In that case, if you are not getting enough, you will hang onto every calorie which will cause weight gain. Therefore, ensure that the caloric restriction is moderate.
Eat Nutritious Foods And Limit Junk Food
In addition to restricting your calories moderately, you will want to stick to eating nutritious foods and that means eating foods from the four food groups in moderation. Ensure that you get your veggies and fruits, and protein in and stick to complex carbs meaning whole grains instead of white flour. Limit sugar intake but you can once in a while enjoy something like a sundae. There is no harm in that at all.
If you do not have nut allergies, you will want to add some nuts in moderation to your diet. They have properties that can help reduce your chances of heart disease and cancer.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
It is important to keep your dentist appointments regular and brush your teeth the right way and floss. There is a tie between good oral health and good general health. Therefore, if your oral hygiene is poor, you are likely to have health complications from bacteria coming into your body.
You also want to spend time outdoors as much as you can as that can help your mental health, and get involved in hobbies such as gardening. Those things are essential to helping you live longer as well. If you do adopt these habits, you will increase your chances of living to a ripe old age.