Several events in my life started me on a longevity kick recently. My father had triple-bypass surgery, I was dangerously close to receiving an adult-onset diabetes diagnosis, and I was at my heaviest weight. So, I began looking into ways to improve not just my health, but my longevity.
- Exercise 6x/week (+2)
- Eliminate fast food (+1)
- Limit red-meat intake to 2x/week (+1)
- Work no more than 6 days/week (+1)
- Work 40 hours or fewer week (+.5)
- Apply SPF Daily (+.5)
The article also had other suggestions/recommendations for a long-life.
- Give blood every 8 weeks (possibly helps “purge” system but this is debatable
- Increase interaction with friends and family – helps with stress management
- Wear a seatbelt especially on so called quick trips
- Drink green tea instead of coffee
- Drink alcohol, but moderately. Avoid sugary mixed drinks. An ounce of scotch has about 115 calories! Check out this list of caloric values of other alcoholic beverages.
- Floss daily
- Avoid all processed and deli meats – high in sodium and nitries.
Overall, it recommended general stress management techniques. Most of them are fairly straight-forward, but it’s strange how we let the demands of life make them difficult to attain.
- Leave plenty early for meetings so that you arrive 10-15min early. Use this additional time to check email, make/return calls, get gas, or– here’s an idea! — think about the meeting.
- Plan regular pleasure events
- When you have the choice, go to bed earlier rather than later. So, instead of staying up late on a project, wake up early for it. Most people have better cognitive functions when they first wake up. That being said, use your morning time to think.
- Try something new and excel at it. Never knit before? Try it out.
- Demonstrate and receive love.
- Take frequent breaks. This doesn’t mean multi-tasking. In fact, that is the opposite. Take physical breaks to stretch, do some push-ups or jumping jacks.