That desk job you have where you sit for 8 hours – new research is showing what it does to your body and exactly how dangerous it is for your longevity. A 2016 British study finds that sitting for seven or more hours a day increases your risk of dying by 30 percent — except among active fidgeters, who see no increased risk. So if you want to increase longevity – get fidgety.
Take the stairs daily
Researchers have found that taking the stairs instead of the elevators reduces the risk of dying prematurely by 15 percent, thus increasing your longevity. Daily stair climes also is good for your brain. Other benefits of stairs.
Climbing just eight flights of stairs a day lowers average early mortality risk by 33%
Cut the risk of heart attack by 50% over 10 years.
Two minutes daily of extra stair climbing can stop average middle age weight gain.
Stair climbing also exercises our bones and muscles, improving strength, bone density and muscle tone.
If you want more life in front of you – you must let go of the stress from the past. Forgiveness is the best way to do this. Life is stressful and continually holding on to and reliving past hurts causes lots of stress and reduces longevity. According to research from University of California, San Francisco cell death, “Stress turns out to be one of the strongest predictors of early diseases of aging and in many studies of early mortality,” says lead researcher Elissa Epel. If you want to increase your longevity you must decrease your stress.
Choose a Woman doctor
32,000 fewer people would die each year if male physicians could get the same outcomes as the female physicians do according to researchers from Harvard in 2016. They documented more than 1.5 million hospitalizations over four years, and found:
patients who received care from a female physician were more likely to survive
patients who received care from a female physician were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, which increases longevity.
Watch your grandkids
This one is awesome. Did you know that by spending time watching your grandkids on a regular basis can lower your risk of dying by a third and increase your longevity? Researchers speculate that caregiving gives grandparents a sense of purpose, and keeps them mentally and physically active. That adds up to an extra five years of longevity – just for being grandma.
Loneliness weakens the immune system and raises blood pressure and can increase your chance of early death by 45 percent by increasing the risk for heart attacks and stroke. So get out and visit a friend. Spending time with friends and family is a great way to increase longevity. Researchers in a 2016 study at the University of California, San Diego also found that those who use Facebook also live longer, but only when they got both online and face to face social activity. Imagine that, increasing your longevity just by being on Facebook.
It’s important to wake up looking forward to something every day, having a purpose. According to a study published in the Lancet Researchers found that those studied had a 30 percent less likely chance of dying during the 8.5-year study period if they had a high sense of purpose. Doing something that matters, whether it’s working with like minded people in your community, helping your children or caring for your spouse — is correlated with seven extra years of life. Finding a clear purpose for your life at any age increases longevity.
According to researchers that study blue zones, those that have the greatest longevity, attending religious services once a week may add between four and 14 years to life expectancy. If you don’t belong to a church ask to join a friend at her services – that will help you get social too.
Marriage has been studied for years because of all its benefits but it truly is good for your health — and your longevity. The Framingham Offspring Study found that married men had a 46 percent lower risk of death than never-married men. Being married cuts your chance of heart attack by at least 5%.
Want a reason to vacation a couple of times of year – increasing your longevity is a great one. Men who failed to take a vacation yearly were 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack. Framingham Heart Study, showed that women who vacationed once every six years were eight times more likely to have a heart attack or to develop coronary artery disease, than women who vacationed twice a year.The bottom line is vacation more – increase your longevity.
There are all sorts of ways to prolong your life and increase your longevity. Some are expensive and complex while others are simple. I love the ones above for their simplicity.