Since time immemorial humans have been trying to figure out how to live longer and avoid dying for as long as possible. How to live longer is not a mystery, it is just about how you live your life and what kind of attitude you have about yourself and about the world. Recent research has highlighted the following characteristics among people will live longer lives:
- Perform sufficient physical activity: remain active for at least 30 minutes every day so that there is proper blood circulation to all parts of the body and oxygen is supplied everywhere. Measured activity also keeps your heart healthy and functioning.
- Eat 5 helpings of fruit and vegetables every day: 5 helpings does seem a lot but one helping doesn’t have to be a big bowl of fruit and vegetables. The basic idea is eat as much fruit and vegetable as you can digest, but do it every day. Whenever there is a craving to eat something rather than going for something oily and cooked go for a helping of fruit and vegetables. It may seem unappealing in the beginning but considering the benefits if you persist you will start enjoying them eventually.
- Quit smoking and drinking: this is so damn obvious, people know how injurious it is to smoke and drink excessively. Quit smoking and heavy drinking and you will remain healthier.
- Work as much as you can: people who keep on working enjoy a healthy life. Even when you have retired don’t quit working. If it is possible join an organization that can really use an experienced helping hand. If you cannot find employment you should get involved with the upbringing of your grandchildren, do gardening if you have a garden, take tuitions if you have expertise in subjects by visiting students, and you can even work in some community service organization. The main point is to remain physically and mentally active for as long as possible. This way you also feel relevant and wanted. Definitely don’t spend your old age in front of the TV or gossiping with other oldies.
- Get a proper sleep: every person has his or her own sleep requirement. Don’t deprive yourself of sleep in order to accomplish unimportant things — it is always harmful in the long run. If you need 6-7 hours of sleep, then make sure you get it.
- Eat a fibre-rich breakfast in the morning: it has been observed that eating whole grains keep the blood sugar level under control among older people.
- Avoid supplements and go for the real thing: instead of popping in vitamin tablets and processed foods eat vegetables, fruits and meats that provide the necessary vitamins, proteins, fats and other stuff. This way the body consumes them easily and makes use of them properly. Most people who are found lacking in basic nutrients are known to have consumed artificial foods instead of real foods.
- Socialize and meet people: you don’t have to be reclusive once you get old. Mingle with your relatives, friends and older colleagues as much as possible. Meeting with people and interacting with them keeps you physically and mentally alert.
- Stay positive: positive and optimistic people tend to live longer compared to those who easily feel depressed and negative about this state of affairs. Positivity and happiness maintains a steady blood flow and it also stimulates your thought process. Recent study has shown that your health depends a lot on the way you think about yourself and the world around you.