Lifespan: Things You Already do to Extend Your Life

We often hear advice about things we can do to improve our health and increase our lifespan. For instance, we’re told to avoid sugary snacks, exercise more, lose weight, and control stress. For many of us, this involves making changes to our normal routine. But, how many of the following things are you already doing?

Increase Your Lifespan

  1. Engaging in a hobby
  2. Going on vacation
  3. Sleeping in on the weekends
  4. Connecting with other people
  5. Flossing your teeth

1. Engaging in a hobby

Having a hobby that engages you physically as well as mentally is particularly beneficial. Hobbies needn’t be expensive either.  Gardening, bird watching, and photography are examples of hobbies that will bring you outside and get you moving.  Psychologist Michael Brickey, the author of the book Defy Aging, notes that hobbies reduce stress and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Hobbies Help You Excel in Life

2. Going on vacation

Vacations aren’t optional, they’re essential to optimal health.  The Framingham Heart Study shows that women who took vacations every six years or less were eight times more likely to develop heart disease. Or they have a heart attack than those who vacationed twice a year. Another study of men showed that those who didn’t take at least one vacation were more likely to die significantly earlier. And they showed a 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack. While people in Great Britain average 25 vacation days per year. And the French have 37 days yearly vacation, but the average American worker only takes 14 days of vacation.

Extend your lifespan with a holiday

3. Sleeping in on the weekends extends your lifespan

During sleep, the neurons in the brain become less active and undergo repair. Without repair, these nerve cells are unable to function properly with the result that people find that they have trouble with memory and concentration. Many other tissues of the body also undergo repair during sleep, and sleep is also important for proper hormone balance. The National Sleep Foundation’s 2008 Sleep in America Poll found that Americans slept an average of six hours and 40 minutes a night, while most people need an average of 7 ½  hours. Sleeping an extra hour or two on the weekends can help make up some of this deficit.

Sleeping in on weekends increases lifespan

4. Connecting with other people

In the National Geographic book “The Blue Zones – Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest”. Dan Buettner found that one characteristic of regions of the world with the greatest lifespan. Those tribes have strong interconnections between family and friends. Studies have found that social isolation has health risks on par with cigarette smoking!

Things You Already do, to Increase Your Lifespan

5. Flossing your teeth increases the lifespan

According to studies done at Emory University by the Centers for Disease Control, common gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis lead to a higher rate of death. Gum tissues are common sites for inflammation, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Flossing your teeth every night removes the bacteria that cause the inflammation. And surprisingly, it has been estimated that daily flossing can add as much a 6.4 years to your lifespan.

 


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