5 THINGS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO IF YOU WANT TO LIVE LONGER



Charles F. Glassman said, "Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve." Living a long and durable life is determined by lots of good habits we need to emulate from time to time continuously. Even though people might think life expectancy is determined by genetics, it isn't. Personal habits and environmental factors like diet and lifestyle determine your life expectancy. 

A study led by Johns Hopkins shows that about 6,200 men and women who adopted four smart behaviours — like making healthy food choices and avoiding smoking — reduced their chances of dying by about 80 per cent. Here are a few basic habits you should emulate if you want to live a long life; 

Avoid holding grudges.

Holding grudges increases your stress levels, even more so when you’re stressed or angry, it causes negative effects on your heart, metabolism and immune system. And in time this may lead to death. 

Maintain a healthy weight.

People with a BMI ratio of less than 25, are generally healthy and thus have a very high possibility of living long. And those above 25 tend to be obese and have the possibility of dying early as a result of obesity. 

If you want to find out your BMI, you can use a free BMI calculator. Having a BMI of less than 25 means exercising regularly and keeping fit. 

Stop eating processed foods.

Processed foods have lots of sodium, saturated fat, excess sugar, and less fibre 1, and this can result in cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes. More so, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends consuming less than 2,300 mg of sodium each day, even lesser for older people or generally people with health conditions, like high blood pressure.

Eating foods - non processed food, I.e foods you buy from the market and prepare yourself - with high amounts of fibre can guarantee you a long life. If you have a busy schedule, you can prepare a large amount of food and keep them in the fridge for preservation, till whenever you want to eat them.

Be sociable. 

Staying social can promote longevity, being social helps you manage stress and in turn strengthens your immune system. Keeping good relationships makes you strong, while bad relationships can really hurt your mind and in turn, can make you depressed and even cause heart attacks.

Staying connected can be tough if you are feeling down or very busy or live far away from extended family and friends, but you can meet new people by volunteering and connecting to others with similar interests through networks like business groups and book clubs or social media.

Stop thinking that only big changes count and be grateful for what you have now. 

Positive changes in your life might be good, but they can also be too daunting and therefore, short-lived. Try doing & embracing small changes like little exercises each day that can even have big benefits for your lifespan, eating healthily, working on good projects over time

Little changes might not seem like much but over time can mean much without causing stress in your busy world. Consistency is more important than a short-term change, and more so being grateful for what you have can help you feel motivated to make more consistent positive changes in your life. 

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