Longevity may seem like something that is out of your control, but that’s not entirely true. While genetics and medical history play an obvious factor, there are habits backed by science that can increase life expectancy!
Following these three tips provided by HarborChase Senior Living may not only increase longevity but improve your overall quality of life.
1. Physical Health Activities
Unsurprising, physical health activities are a key component to increasing longevity. Overexertion and strenuous activities are not needed; it can be as simple as stretching or walking. As few as 15 minutes of physical activity per day may help you achieve benefits, which could include an additional three years of life! Exercising more than 150 minutes per week is the ideal goal, but even small amounts can help.
Beyond increased longevity, a recent National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded study showed a direct correlation between physical activity, motor abilities, and better cognition; even amongst those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Furthermore, previous studies have shown that exercising can even help older adults heal faster from injuries.
2. Eat Smart: Longevity Foods
Also known as superfoods, foods linked to longevity are a fantastic way to stay healthy and get the necessary intake of vitamins and nutrients. There are plenty of superfoods out there, but here are a few you can easily incorporate into your diet:
Blueberries: Rich in fiber, vitamin C and B6, folate, and antioxidants. Blueberries are a longevity food that can help reduce your risk for heart disease.
Apples: Rich in fiber, vitamin C, and soluble fiber, apples are a longevity food that can reduce your risk of heart disease and aide your digestive system.
Green Tea: This drink can help increase your metabolism and sensitivity to insulin. Drinking green tea can also help reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Nuts: Rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds. They’re also a great source of several vitamins and minerals, such as copper, magnesium, potassium, folate, and niacin.
These are just a few foods linked to longevity, but there are plenty more that can provide additional vitamins, and combat the development of certain conditions.
3. Mental and Social Wellness
According to the NIA, recent research shows a direct correlation between social interaction and health. Even studies dating back to 2008 show positive health benefits for socialization. Having friends to talk to, social gatherings, or group activities to participate in can improve your level of mental health, thus aiding to increase your longevity. Researchers state that maintaining healthy social networks can help you live up to 50% longer!
These are just three habits that may boost your health and put you on the path to a long life! HarborChase Senior Living communities promote social wellness by connecting our residents with engaging activities that encourage social interactivity.
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