Want to make sure you stick around for a long life? While we know there are some things we do that can cut our lives short – like smoking – longevity experts say some healthy habits can actually add years to our lives. These are the things to add to your daily routine to boost your lifespan.
- Maintain a healthy body weight – This is #1 on the list because being obese has been proven to shorten your life. Excess weight and visceral fat can lead to a heart attack and diabetes and a new report from the American Cancer Society finds obesity could soon beat out smoking as the number one cause of cancer. So what is healthy body weight, exactly? The CDC recommends your body mass index falls within the range of 18.5 to 24.9
- Drink coffee – The beloved morning beverage cuts your risk of liver problems, according to a recent study and it’s been linked to a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer, and melanoma.
- Use sunscreen – It not only protects you from skin cancer but slathering on the SPF also helps your face and body age less. Coat your skin with sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside because it takes that long to absorb and do its thing and be sure to reapply often, especially when you’re swimming or sweating.
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day – This is the amount of time The Mayo Clinic recommends to keep your heart happy, get your blood flowing, and lower the risk for metabolic syndrome, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Plus, research from the American Physiological Society finds working out for half an hour helps with weight loss too.
- Prioritize your happiness – No one’s happy all the time, but looking on the bright side can help. According to one study, having a positive outlook leads to better health and a review of 35 different studies finds that “positive psychological well-being has a favorable effect on survival in both health and diseased populations.”