In certain areas of the world where people live long and active lives, there are commonalities that exist that have contributed to their longevity. Here are 12 top longevity tips to long. well, and stay healthy.
12 Longevity Tips
1. Live as stress-free a life as possible
This isn’t always easy, especially if you live in a large city environment. However, no matter where you live, everyone experiences stress. It is the way you react to it that makes the difference. Make sure to take some time for yourself, whether it is a daily walk around the block, meditation, or any other pleasurable activity including sex. Avoid drugs and even supplements whenever you can. A natural high is always much better than an artificial one.
2. Connect with your support community
Most people who live long are connected to family and friends and are social rather than isolated. They get support and encouragement from each other. If your family is far away or non-existent, create your own sense of belonging by joining others in fun activities or similar pursuits. Strive to surround yourself with positive and uplifting people and avoid those who will bring you down. Families in long-living areas tend to stay close to each other. The elderly are not shuttled off to nursing homes. They are revered and cared for by family members. This is not always easy especially in American society where both spouses are working. However, with the advent of more people working from home, and the high cost of nursing care, more and more families are welcoming their parents into their homes and are looking after them.
3. Have a sense of spirituality
A good part of the culture of centenarians revolves around their belief in some sort of higher power. Take time to meditate or pray every day. Quiet time, be it a nap, a walk, or spending time writing is contemplative, empowering and relaxing.
4. Be physically active
Those who remain healthy in old age stay active most of the day. However, this does not include extreme exercise. Typical activities include walking, dancing, gardening, fishing, and hill climbing. It’s important to keep the body flexible and strong. People in their late 90’s have been known to climb trees to pick fruit or walk for miles every day.
5. Get 8 hours of sleep each night
When people go to bed at dusk and rise at dawn it puts them in sync with their circadian rhythm, which helps them sleep sounder and better.
6. Get plenty of fresh air and be connected to nature
Studies have shown that those who live near ocean breezes or in the mountains away from the pollution of large cities, stay healthier and live longer. Even if you live in a big city, take time each day to spend in nature whether it is at a park or in your garden.
7. Take a nap or meditate in the middle of the day
Rejuvenate yourself by taking a break from daily activities. Try not to be pressured by deadlines or other stress-related activities. Even 5 minutes of quiet time will make a difference. If you’re not a good napper sit down and enjoy a cup of antioxidant-rich tea.
8. Avoid toxic chemicals in your home, garden and even on your skin
It’s alarming to hear about the toxicity of popular household products. They have been well known to cause asthma and other debilitating ailments. When possible use natural ingredients. Make sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you are exposed to anything that could be considered toxic. For example, instead of tacking on artificial nails and sniffing the chemicals try having your nails buffed and oiled. Know what ingredients are in your skin care and makeup.
9. Have a sense of purpose
Know why you are on this earth and enjoy every moment. Stop and smell the roses.
10. Stay busy
Couch potatoes shrivel up and die so it’s best to stay off your butt as much as you can. Find ways to make art, pursue your true passions, and enjoy family and friends.
11. Exercise control over your life
Do not allow yourself to become a victim. If life gives you lemons, squeeze them and make lemonade. Avoid toxic people and lethal environments.
12. Live in the present
Do not try to over analyze why you are here or what may happen in the future. Enjoy each and every moment. Set goals but do not be disappointed if you don’t reach them right away. Life is a journey to be savored and enjoyed.
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It’s not that hard to incorporate these 12 top longevity tips into your life and it’s never too late to start. As Baby Boomers, we still have many good years to go and we want to live them as healthy and purposeful as possible.
What steps will you be taking in the list above to better your chances of living well in the second act of your life? Please leave a comment below.