A healthy body and a sound mind – these are two of the most important life’s wealth no amount of treasure can compensate.
We have all heard of the tales about the fountain of youth. A tale about the Spanish explorer and the first Governor of Puerto Rico Juan Ponce de Leon, who supposedly was on a mission to search for the fountain that could restore anyone’s youth.
The truth is, in the real world, many of us are actually in search of the fountain youth. In the past, people have done weird things to achieve, not the literal eternal youthfulness but rather a longer life, such as eating bee pollen and rattlesnakes as well as drinking tea mushroom extracts and snake blood. Today, many of us spend so much of our time and resources to have a longer life. Think gene therapy, myriads of health supplements and other longevity pills, exhausting gym exercises, and disgusting cleansing diets.
Want the secret to living a longer life? No surprises here, but if you want to lead a longer life, you need to live a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle will leave you fit, keep you energetic, boost your immune system, and reduces your risks from death-causing diseases.
Live healthy, Live Longer
Eating healthy, quitting the bad habits, and getting adequate sleep are the basic foundations for a longer life. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. But the takeaway, a longer, more quality way of life!
Here are some of the healthy lifestyle habits you can do for a longer life:
- Don’t Smoke
Smoking is the number one enemy of longevity. Smoking can lead to various health problems including heart disease, lung disease, stroke and many forms of cancer. It can even compromise your memory’s health too.
- Eat Healthy
Your body needs proper nutrition to stay healthy. You need to provide your body with a good supply of nutrients – protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, fats, and minerals. A healthy diet should include a generous amount of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Choose your fats, protein, and carbohydrates sources wisely. Limit your portion sizes during meals and be mindful of what you eat.
- Get Moving
Enjoying physical and mental activities daily can keep your mind and body active. Exercising can help shred the excess calories and is attributed to healthier immune system and blood circulation. You can work on aerobic exercises, muscle strengthening exercises, and yoga for flexibility.
- Manage Your Stress
Whether you like it or not, stress is already part of our daily living. But you can always do something to manage it positively. Too much stress releases bad hormones that are linked to various health problems. You need a lifestyle that includes stress management to deal with unhealthy levels of stress. Practice yoga and meditation. Get yourself a relaxing massage. Engage in a hobby that will develop your passion and take time to make connections to your family and friends.
- Get Adequate Amount of Sleep
Sleep is your body’s natural way to repair and replenish itself. Having enough sleep is important for a healthier body. Many health professionals recommend seven to nine hours of sleep to help keep you at the top of your health.