These days, more and more people are thinking about how to extend their lives and stay healthy. A study of more than 700,000 U.S. veterans found that eight healthy lifestyle habits can add decades to life expectancy. This is compelling evidence that our daily habits make a huge difference in our health and longevity.
So what are the habits that help us live longer, higher quality lives?
Here’s a list of eight key habits:
1. Physical activity: regular exercise helps keep you fit and strengthens your heart and blood vessels.
2. No opioid addiction: avoid opioid drugs such as morphine or heroin, which can seriously damage your health and shorten your life.
3. no smoking: smoking is one of the leading causes of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other dangerous conditions.
4. manage stress: learn how to effectively manage stress by using relaxation, meditation or other techniques to reduce your risk of developing mental and physical problems.
5. Healthy eating: follow a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grains and proteins to ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
6. Moderate alcohol consumption: avoid excessive alcohol consumption which can damage your health and lead to various diseases.
7. Good sleep: ensure that you get enough quality sleep, as lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health.
8. Positive social relationships: maintain quality relationships with friends, family and loved ones as they can have a positive impact on your emotional and physical wellbeing.
Research has shown that men who stick to all eight habits by age 40 can live an average of 24 years longer than men without these habits. In women, having all eight healthy lifestyle habits in middle age was associated with an estimated 21-year increase in life expectancy compared to women who did not have these habits.
Health specialist Suan-Mai T. Nguyen expressed surprise at the extent of potential benefits associated with lifestyle habits. He emphasized that healthy lifestyle habits are important for both public health and personal well-being. Even small changes in habits after the age of 40, 50 or 60 can have a positive impact on health and longevity.
A study of more than 700,000 U.S. veterans provides us with compelling evidence of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Our daily routine can make a huge difference in our health and longevity. So it’s worth thinking about what habits we have and what changes we can make to live longer, higher quality lives.