8 Daily Health and Wellness Habits Linked to a Longer Life

A long, healthy life is the goal for many Americans, but according to a study released in September 2022 BMJ, average life expectancy in the United States fell from 78.8 years in 2019 to 76.1 in 2021, marking the steepest two-year decline in a century. Research shows that the risk of many chronic diseases — including heart disease, diabetes, dementia and osteoporosis — also increases with age.

However, the news is not gloomy. There are things everyone can do to reduce their risk of many age-related diseases, add years to their life expectancy, and make the dream of a long and healthy life a reality. The key is to start building these healthy habits now. Longevity experts share eight things you can do every day to make your golden years really shine.

1. Make sure you get some physical activity

Why is it important? Regular physical activity has been shown to counteract normal muscle aging and help preserve lean muscle mass, research shows.

How to do it To get the most health benefits from physical activity, adults need at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking or brisk dancing) each week, as well as muscle-strengthening activity such as weight lifting or push-ups, at least two days each week, in accordance with guidelines issued by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. That’s roughly half an hour a day during the work week, and the activity doesn’t have to come from just one gym session. Even short bursts of activity add up, and many experts (as well as guidelines) say it’s better to space them out, says Dr. Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Longevity Center in California.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *