What steps can a beginner take today to live longer?

By admin | 10 February 2016 | 0 Comments

This question was posted on www.reddit.com/r/longevity recently. I wanted to contribute because I see this question a lot and this very site exactly deals with that topic. Here are my focus areas:

 

  • Get enough sleep.
    If you think you need less sleep think again. Studies show that only 10% of people need 7 hours of sleep or less. You only have one chance in 10 to be such an exception.
  • Quit (passive) smoking.
    There is absolutely no other action that you can take that will have such a dramatic effect on your health. Also don’t underestimate passive smoking. Smoke can stay in the air for up to 2.5 hours, even with a window open. It may still be there even if you can’t see it or smell it.
  • Get regular health checkups.
    Once a year.
  • Get sufficient exercise and movement.
    Moving regularly (every day) is more important and healthy than intensive exercise 2-3 times/week
  • Get to your optimal weight.
    Not through intense dieting, but making permanent changes to your eating habits. Cut soft drinks, sugar, and heavy meat consumption from your diet and replace it by green tea, fruit, vegetables and regular fish.

If you managed all of the above, you can work on following topics:

  • Reduce stress
    Change job if it brings you stress, work on your social network (in real live) and learn to enjoy what you have.
  • Spread the word.
    It helps funding longevity research.
  • Control your blood pressure.

One factor that does not play, and which you cannot change is gender. This applies to women as well as men.

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