Secrets to a longer life

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Choose Friends Wisely

Your friends’ habits rub off on you, so look for companions with healthy lifestyles. Studies indicate obesity is socially “contagious” –  your chance of becoming obese increases by 57% if you have a friend who becomes obese. Smoking is another habit that spreads through social ties, but the good news is that quitting is also contagious.

Follow a Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and fish. An analysis of 50 studies involving more than half a million people shows the impressive benefits of this diet. The findings show it significantly lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome — a combination of obesity, elevated blood sugar, increased blood pressure, and other factors that raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Keep Moving

The evidence is overwhelming — people who exercise live longer on average than those who don’t. According to dozens of studies, regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and depression. Exercise may even help you stay mentally sharp in into old age. Ten-minute spurts of activity are fine, as long as they add up to about 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week.

Be Conscientious

An 80-year study found one of the best predictors of a long life is a conscientious personality. Researchers measured attributes like attention to detail and persistence. They found that conscientious people do more things to protect their health and make choices that lead to stronger relationships and better careers.

Make Friends

Science has given you one more reason to be grateful for your friends — they might help you live longer. Australian researchers found elderly social butterflies were less likely to die over a 10-year period compared to people with the fewest friends. Another analysis of results from 148 studies supports the link between plentiful social connections and longevity.

Embrace the Siesta

A siesta is standard in many parts of the world, and now there’s scientific evidence that napping may help you live longer. A recent study with 24,000 participants suggests that regular nappers are 37% less likely to die from heart disease than occasional nappers. Researchers think naps might help the heart by keeping stress hormones down.

 

 

 

 

 

Is It Bad to Work Out When You’re Sick?

It’s not necessarily bad to work out when you’re sick, but it can be in some circumstances. It depends on what’s causing your sickness. The general rule for exercising is different for the common cold and allergies than it is for the flu, fever and nausea, for example. It also depends on how you feel. You might not have the energy for even a moderate workout; in which case you may want to skip exercise altogether. Continue reading

Think fresh fruits and vegetables are always the most nutritious? Think again.

If you can’t grow your own produce and eat it within hours of harvesting, canned frozenveg1and frozen fruits and vegetables can be every bit as good for you as fresh ones, and in some cases even better.

“The CDC reported that less than a third of adults in the U.S. eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.”

There is an idea among consumers that if it isn’t fresh, it doesn’t count. People need to be encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they be fresh, frozen, or canned — whatever form best fits their lifestyle and their pocketbook. Continue reading

Listening to Music Makes You Exercise More Efficiently

Many people listen to music as they exercise. Experts say that listening to music not only makes exercise seem easier, it really does make it easier. The rhythmic beat helps synchronize movements which promotes more efficient oxygen use. That makes you more efficient, so you can run longer. The music also helps drown out the voice in your head that’s saying “let’s stop now and have ice cream.” Sports psychologist Costas Karageorghis of Britain’s Brunel University has been researching the issue for twenty years.  music_and_exercise Continue reading

Drink More Water, Your Body Will Thank You.

If you are suffering from fwater2atigue, you feel depressed or too stressed, and you are looking for more energy, water could be just the ticket. Did you know that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated? In 37 percent of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even MILD dehydration can slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3 percent.  So if you are interested in losing weight and/or controlling your appetite, if you suffer from dry skin, indigestion, backaches, or headaches, drinking more water might be the solution, at least partly. Continue reading