Fortunately, you can do something to correct these and other unhealthy behaviors. Adopt the following ten habits to keep your body looking and feeling young. 6 Ways to Live Longer:
1- Eat fruits and vegetables
Getting fewer than three servings of fruits and vegetables a day can eat away at your health. Nutritional powerhouses filled with fiber and vitamins, fruits and veggies can lower your risk of heart disease by 76% and may even play a role in decreasing your risk of breast cancer.
As an added bonus, the inflammation-fighting and circulation-boosting powers of the antioxidants in fruits and veggies can banish wrinkles.
2- Regular Sex
Having satisfying sex two to three times per week can add as many as three years to your life.
Regular sex may also lower your blood pressure, improve your sleep, boost your immunity, and protect your heart.
3- Don’t overeat
If you want to live to 100, leaving a little bit of food on your plate may be a good idea.
Eating less helps you age slower, limiting calories lowered production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism—and speeds up the aging process.
4- Too Much time on TV
Too much time in front of the boob tube can take a serious toll on your health. People who watched four or more hours a day were 46% more likely to die from any cause than people who watched less than two hours a day.
Even cutting back a little can help; each additional hour you watch increases your overall risk of dying by 11% and dying from heart disease by 18%.
5- Stay out of the sun
Avoiding too much sun can head off skin cancer, and it can also keep you looking young by preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin.
It’s never too early or too late to add sunscreen to your daily skin-care regimen (look for an SPF of 30 or higher). And don’t focus only on your face. Sun damage spots and splotches on your chest and neck will also make you appear older.
You’re at greater risk of heart disease without a strong network of friends and family. Loneliness can cause inflammation, and in otherwise healthy people it can be just as dangerous as having high cholesterol or even smoking.
Loneliness seems to pose the greatest risk for elderly people, who are also prone to depression.