9 Activities that are linked to a longer life!
1. Being Spiritual– Having some sort of spiritual practice or belief has been linked to longer lives. You don’t have to be a specific religion or even believe in God to qualify for this category. Having a reverence for life and believing in something more than yourself is enough to enjoy the benefits of a longer life.
2. Health or Healing knowledge– As you heard in the video above both of our Supercentenarians were known for their knowledge and ability to heal others. Perhaps the knowledge of healing isn’t only for ourselves. Perhaps science will find a spark of longevity in those who take the time to ease the suffering of others.
3. Being Positive– Joy, laughter and having a good outlook at life is important for maintaining your youth. Make sure you are laughing every day and finding ways to surround yourself with happy people and activities that make you smile. If you plan on living a long time you might as well have a happy life.
4. Healthy Diet– Both of our Supercentenarians had unique diets. Studies have shown that if you want to live longer you need to at least double the amount of fruits and veggies that you are eating each day. Having an alkaline diet can restore the body and make it hard for diseases to take root! (Click on this chart to see a great guide for healthy eating!)
5. Have Creative Hobbies– Having hobbies that keep you in touch with your imagination are important for maintaining the health of your mind. Music, Art, Inventing, Learning, and Sports are all wonderful examples of things that we can keep doing even when we are older to keep expanding our minds. No one wants to Die of Boredom.
6. Be Social– Woman appear to live longer than men because they generally have a more established social circle. Having friends to share in experiences and memories can be the secret to not only living longer but having a reason to keep on living. It has also been shown that people who don’t marry or are not in a loving partnership are much more likely to die of heart disease. WOW, its almost like dying of a broken heart when you think about it!
7. Stay Connected to Nature– Both of our examples above had a strong connection to and respect for nature. Keeping our planet healthy is important to keeping ourselves healthy. If we destroy our sources of fresh water, food and air how can we expect or even want to live a long life? Walking around barefooted and having a direct connection to the earth has also been linked to a long and healthy life!
8. Be Active– Make sure you get up and move around after reading this article because research has shown that sitting for long bouts of time put people at risk for shorter lifespans and other health risks. A study done in 2011 found that each time we sit for 1 hour and watch TV, after the age of 25, we deduct 22 minutes from our overall life expectancy!
9. Spend time with the Youth– Being with children, telling stories, playing and remembering what life was like when you were young helps you keep a youthful spirit and stay young. Women who wait to have kids until they are in their 40s have actually been proven to live longer. Children can teach us so much about being excited and happy in our lives.
There are many examples of people living longer, healthier lives. Perhaps the biggest secret is starting while we are young to listen to the older more experienced people in our lives. If nothing else it will help keep them younger longer. Maybe they can also teach us how to enjoy life now and take better care of our bodies and minds.