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10 Habits To Help Extend Your Lifespan

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We all want to live long and fulfilling lives, and the good news is, many of the habits that extend your lifespan are achievable. While genetics play a role, a new study shows adopting these 10 lifestyle habits by the age of 40 could increase your lifespan by 23+ years compared to someone with none of these habits – but it’s never too early or too late to start making positive changes for a healthier future.

1. Practice Gratitude

A positive outlook on life can profoundly impact your health and longevity by reducing stress and improving overall well-being.

2. Get Adequate Sleep

Aim for 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night to allow your body to repair and rejuvenate.

3. Eat Healthy

Embrace fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, and reduce your consumption of processed foods.

4. Stay Physically Active

Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week.

5. Manage Stress

Practice stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga.

6. Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for every bodily function. Try to drink at least 11 -- 15 cups a day.

7. Stay Socially Connected

Make time for friends and family, and engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.

8. Regular Check-Ups

This helps detect and address health issues early, increasing the chances of successful treatment and prevention.

9. Don't Smoke

It’s a no-brainer, but quitting smoking is one of the most significant steps you can take to extend your lifespan.

10. Limit Alcohol Consumption

Drink in moderation.

Source: Medical News Today

Audio Article Recommendation: this four-minute listen from NPR on the habits of the world’s longest-living communities (aka “Blue Zones”) is captivating.


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