May 13 , 2021
We've been speaking about leggings, leggings and more leggings. But even the type of leggings you choose to wear is dependent on the lifestyle you are living. In this article, we will answer your most pressing questions regarding lifestyle.
Our genes may indicate how long we could live, but the way we live our lives has a big impact on our longevity too. We want to know how and why some people live longer than others and how we can be part of those ‘lucky’ people. Is the fact that they’ve swapped their busy lives for living simply, eating more leafy greens, organic eggs, vegetables, and fish a reason for their exceptional health and well-being?
Read on to discover common lifestyle habits all around the world.
#1: Don’t Smoke
People who smoke for their entire adult lives expose themselves to hundreds of toxic chemicals and die about 10 years earlier than they would if they had never smoked at all. The good news is that quitting smoking can add some of those years back.
#2: Exercise Regularly
People who exercise regularly live about five to seven years longer than those who are inactive. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy, making you less likely to contract illnesses such as osteoporosis and rickets. Aerobic exercise strengthens your heart. Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity on most days.
#3: Watch Your Weight
Speaking about exercise, Obesity, which is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other health conditions which reduces life expectancy—but the greater risk of dying early isn’t limited to only those who are technically obese which is defined by a body mass index, of 30 or greater. People with a BMI greater than 25 also have a higher death rate than people whose weight is in a healthy range. Healthy weight ranges vary depending on gender and height.
#4: Eat as Nature Intended
Enjoying a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and seafood is linked to a longer life. These foods deliver various vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats that boost health and help prevent diseases.
#5: Get Enough Sleep
By getting a good night’s sleep, you can reduce stress, keep your weight in a healthy range and give yourself more energy for the day ahead. Aim for at least seven hours per night. If you have sleep disorders, consult your doctor for sleeping medication. When you sleep enough, your body repairs and regenerates its tissues and strengthens your immune system.
#6: Manage Your Stress Levels
Stress can be good motivation but only to an extent. Chronic stress is the catalyst for many health conditions. Stress probably exerts its adverse effects by triggering an inflammatory reaction of our immune system. Meditation, massage and gentle forms of exercise like yoga, for example, can help reduce stress.
#7: Drink Alcohol Cautiously
While some studies have shown that moderate consumption of alcohol may contribute to longevity in some people, beer, wine and spirits certainly have their downsides. Beyond the health risks associated with excessive consumption of alcohol, it ranks among the top five sources of calories for American adults, contributing to weight gain. If you are someone who enjoys a good glass of red wine, simply make sure you’re doing so in moderation.
“We are here for a good time, not a long time so make every minute count” - Dawna Walter