Most of us have accepted that there is no fountain of youth and our longevity is determined by our lifestyle habits and our genetics. Despite the fact that our family history is important, we are able to outlive our biogenetics by making a number of different changes.
Engage In Hobbies/Interests
Not only can these keep people interested in life and make them happy, but having something to do makes people live longer. Longevity gets a tremendous boost with a sense of purpose and happiness. It does not matter if you are walking, golfing, gardening, dancing, caring for a pet, or doing arts and crafts.
Make Sure To Exercise
Daily exercise is one of the best things that we can do, because it has a positive effect on our mind, metabolism, and our heart. Even moderate exercise can help reduce your risk for heart disease. Exercise helps to release endorphins and gets the blood flowing.
Keep Your Brain Active
Research shows that those who are keeping their mind engaged leads to sharper thinking skills and bigger brains than their peers. If you want to keep your brain sharp as you get older, crossword puzzles and critical thinking are two great ways to do so.
Have A Rewarding Social Network
Seniors have to do their part in warding off senior isolation. Senior isolation is one of the primary causes of physical and mental decline. Both loneliness and social isolation have been linked to mental decline, high blood pressure, and an increased risk for depression. Seniors who are engaged regularly tend to do far better than their isolated counterparts.
Get Good Sleep
Sleep is good for a number of different things, including prevent the development of harmful plaques forming on our brains. Studies have shown that we can experience a number of different health issues if we have less than 5 hours of sleep per day. It is important to have uninterrupted ‘good sleep, and the right amount of sleep. Studies show that a lack of sleep can lead to:
- An increased risk for mortality
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
Eat A Healthy Diet
Eating food in the right portions and one that is balanced and rich in nutrients can help a great deal. It is also important to eat less as we get older, because we use fewer calories every day. You might want to include whole grains, salmon, olive oil, and nuts.