How to Live Longer

Is the fountain of youth truly a myth? How about the pill of everlasting life? We are obsessed with prolonging life, but instead of reaching for miraculous and non-existent cures, how about we instead implement or do more attainable things that would help us to live longer?

For example, learn to eat right. We are what we eat. Broccoli, turmeric, hibiscus tea, mushrooms, strawberries are some of the foods that can help keep us healthy, lowering our risk for obesity and cholesterol.

Start walking! If you can’t do the high impact exercises (aerobics), like if your knees hurt, or you’re not as young as you used to be, you can at least walk more. Too many of us have sedentary jobs, especially in highly industrialized countries, and so we need to get out of our seats and walk walk walk. Even going to the toilet would help, and that’s something we need to do at several intervals during the day, right?

Here are other things we can do:

  1. Socialize. Man is not an island. ‘Nuff said.
  2. Don’t smoke! Once, we went to an exhibit and we saw this blackened lump of something. Guess what that is? Yup, lungs that have been subjected to years of smoking. Don’t let that happen to you. Take care of your body!
  3. Don’t drink a lot. While a glass of wine a day is good for us, drinking a lot everyday or often would eventually take its toll on our liver.
  4. Don’t eat a lot. Like in #3, moderation is good.
  5. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. You’ve heard this said a lot of times, back when we’re kids, but somehow, we don’t always practice this. Water is good; it’s needed to hydrate our body, clear it of toxins, prevent kidney failure and whatever else. If you have a choice of soda or water, choose water. Same goes for juice (sugar). I have to say that my SIL did a good job of raising her kids, who always want water over other drinks for some reason.
  6. Exercise. The bane of my existence. But it’s needful, so… Nowadays, I’m having fun exercising to exercise videos. Lest you think it’s easy, this one has got weights and high impact exercises! I just hope my interest in it will sustain for quite a bit.
  7. Strength train. Like I said, weights. You can start small and build up to a comfortable level. For me, I just want to tone my arms, and not develop bulky, oversized muscles. Strength training will help develop your muscles, keep weight down and even help with your bones (slower deterioration that comes with age).
  8. Sleep. Lack of sleep can shorten your life and increase your risk of death. So, don’t skimp on your sleep!