Everybody wants to live a long and healthy life. Death is a bitter truth, in everyone’s life there comes a time when they have to eventually face death. Even though defying death is impossible, we can actually delay it by practicing a healthy lifestyle. People think that they know what is good for them. The truth is that they tend to ignore those small things which can actually help them live a longer and healthier life. All those anti aging creams and healing potions are nothing but cosmetics and can only improve your cosmetic appearance. Exercise, yoga, stress free life, healthy diet etc. does help but there is more to a healthy life than just this. We present to you secrets for living a long and healthy life:
1. Change your attitude: Researchers have found that a person with an optimistic approach to life has a 50 percent lesser risk of early death than a pessimist. A pessimist faces increased risk of future health problems, of which stress and depression are the most common. Though the reason is trivial, it is usually ignored by most of the people. Develop an optimistic way towards life. See your life through those rosy coloured glasses and you will add a few years to your life.
2. Keep a pet: This is actually some good news for animal lovers. Having a pet can add a few years to your life. Medically speaking, spending quality time with your pet reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body. Reduction of stress levels in humans probably accounts for the life extending qualities of pets.
3. Develop good conscientiousness: People seem to have taken conscientiousness the wrong way. Conscientiousness does not mean to look both ways while crossing a street. It means looking both ways when you are about to drive after the light has turned green. This way you reduce the risk of running down some pedestrian. Research has shown that people with good conscientiousness react better to emotional and social issues and are more likely to develop a healthy environment around them. This not only would help you live a longer life but would also help people around you add a few years to their life.
Apart from these secrets that people generally are ignorant about, there are also some traditional methods which you can inculcate in your daily life in order to live longer. To start with, a balanced diet, low on unsaturated fats and high on proteins, vitamin and minerals can make your immune system stronger. Consuming lesser fat would reduce the risk of obesity and eventually the risk of many life threatening problems like cardiac problems. Exercising also helps increase your longevity. You can introduce exercising in various forms in your life, weight training, cardio vascular exercises and even the traditional practices like yoga. Do not making smoking a part of your life as it increases the risk of cancer by over 40 percent.