3 Ways to Increase Longevity
Longevity is something we all strive for. However, the fact is everyone ages. That is life. Time will slowly start to take its toll on your body. Right now in America the average life expectancy is 78 years old, which is pretty darn high. However, there are three sure fire ways to slow the aging process and maintain life even longer.
Now, most likely the particular demographic that this article will be beneficial for will not stumble across it. So after reading these tips, be sure to share the information with your elderly loved ones. Or you could implement these tips with them.
First, engage in a hobby. This might be the most beneficial of all the tips out there. These can be physically and mentally engaging, depending on the hobby. Those that are both physically and mentally engaging are healthy than those that are just one rather than the other. Sports like bowling, croquet, and pool are all mentally and physically engaging, and will prevent the aging process. The more one enjoys these hobbies the healthier they become. Passion keeps the soul alive. An invigorated soul keeps the body young.
Second, develop interconnections. It seems to be fairly obvious that those with more personal relations would live longer than those who were more reclusive. Developing friendships and connections helps to bring a true joy in life. Relations help to relieve stress, stimulate cognitive abilities, and promote the production of endorphins in the brain. Those are the purely physiological benefits of friendship. The list of benefits continues much longer, but cannot be considered empirical evidence so it will not be listed here. According to a study done by Dan Buettner, in his National Geographic book The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, the effects of isolation are on par with that of smoking cigarettes daily.
Thirdly, take vacations. Taking time outs from life may seem like a waste of time to those who are work-aholics, but the fact of the matter is that it actually adds years to one’s life. According to studies, women who vacationed twice a year were 21 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack than those who vacationed once every six years.
Bonus: flossing increases longevity by a lot. This is a bit of info that passing into that hazy area of weird-but-true science. Dental hygiene is important, most everyone can agree on that. Of course you want to protect your teeth. However, the accumulated plague and bacteria that gets caught between your teeth is actually being absorbed into the blood stream passed then being passed to the heart and brain. So if you don’t want to make friends, find a hobby, or go on vacations then just floss. It is the least you can do, and it can add 6.4 years to your life.
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