Here are five things to keep in mind that does affect your lifespan.
1. Keep it moving
This one will probably not come as a surprise to you, but regular physical activity is essential for health and longevity. Quality exercise comes in many forms, with different ones offering different benefits. Low impact exercise is good for heart health, while high impact exercise is good for muscle building.
“Busy” isn’t an excuse, when just 15 minutes of exercise per day can add years to your life.
2. Reduce stress
This one may feel very difficult at the moment, with everything going on. However, there are steps you can take to proactively reduce the amount of stress you are under. Some of these include being in nature; Stretching regularly; Mindfulness; Eating foods that are high in L-Theanine and speaking to a friend.
Stress is responsible for an alarmingly high number of deaths. If you can prevent just a little about it by talking to someone, then always do.
3. Eat well
Processed foods and ones high in refined sugar are not great for your long term health. Opt for plant-based and natural foods that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. One such food is turmeric, a distinctively yellow root that can be used in delicious curries or to make tea.
Getting the right vitamins is also essential for health, so do make sure you are eating your 5 a day.
4. Interact with others
Even if you are not the most popular or outgoing person in the world, interaction is important. Studies have actually found that interacting with as few as 3 people regularly makes you 200% less likely to die young than those who have no social ties.
If you struggle socially, then try joining a gym. There is an amazing sense of community and people will encourage you to be the best version of yourself possible. They are all on a self-improvement journey, so will welcome you.
5. Sleep early
Getting enough sleep is crucial for a long life. Yes, those hours of nighttime gaming and Netflix binging seem pretty enticing, but when you wake up consistently groggy, bleary-eyed and exhausted, you may actually be knocking time off your life.
Try to sleep at regular times for around 8 hours.