Ever wondered if there was anything you could do to live longer? Turns out scientists have been asking the same question and a recent article in TIME outlined a study that proposed sticking to just five healthy habits could extend your lifespan by about a decade. Here are the study’s five recommendations:
Eat a Healthy Diet. Multiple studies have long linked our diet and longevity. To increase longevity, research suggests sticking to the Mediterranean diet, which includes eating plenty of whole grains, fiber, plant-based proteins, fish and healthy fats. This also includes limiting the intake of sugar, red meat, processed food and fried foods, all of which have been linked to higher risk of disease and death.
Exercise Regularly. Exercise has proven benefits for both physical and mental health. And the good news is that you don’t have to exercise exorbitantly to get the benefits.The federal physical activity guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate level aerobic activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week, plus muscle-strengthening sessions twice per week to reap the benefits.
Maintain a Healthy Body Weight. Combining a health diet with exercise can help maintain a healthy body weight. Maintaining a health body weight is important because studies show that those who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of certain health conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Drink in Moderation. Newer research is emerging that shows any potential health benefits from alcohol (such as improved cardiovascular health) are outweighed by the net risks to the population including cancer, accidents, addiction and more. As a result of this research, a more cautious approach to alcohol consumption is now being recommended.
No Smoking. We all know there are a variety of potential health risks associated with smoking including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. All of these conditions can lead to a shorter life. According to experts, the best way to reduce your risk from smoking is to never start – or to quit as soon as possible.
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