Cheating death may prove difficult, but adding more years, quality years, to your life is doable— if you know the science behind it.
According to many studies, there is plenty of evidence that can help you beat the reaper and live longer while enjoying better mental and physical health levels.
Here are some of the ground-breaking scientific researches to help you harness your longevity powers. These lifestyle changes can help you feel better, reduce stress, lose weight, and get into the best shape of your life. All this while enjoying a longer and healthier life.
Brush your teeth
Yes, it’s simple as that. According to a 2010 U.K. study, people with better oral hygiene live longer with less health troubles. The study showed that individuals who did not brush their teeth as often had a higher risk of death or hospitalization from heart disease than those who brushed on a daily basis—two to three times a day.
This may not seem obvious at first glance, but oral bacteria can also pass through into your bloodstream, leading to plaque upsurge in your arteries. Therefore, to halt the oral bacteria spread, make sure to brush and floss your teeth, twice a day per minimum.
Accept your age
Longevity and self-acceptance go hand in hand. The topic of self-acceptance might seem as just another brainchild of the self-help movement, but scientific research backs this claim up. In fact, the way you feel about your age can add or subtracts years to your life. According to a German study, people who reported being happy with their age outlived those who were less acceptant by more than 2 years.
The science behind it is simple: acceptance of aging—rather than rejecting it—is directly correlated to healthy behaviours.
To age gracefully, you need to steer clear of disillusionment. This mainly happens for one reason: comparing yourself with your younger self, which are not the same thing. Nature has intended us to age and change; holding on onto fixed ideas about the self is recipe for disappointments and other unhealthy behaviors. Instead, the way to go is to evaluate yourself in regards to your contemporaries; in fact, plenty will be worse off.
Have more sex
The big ‘O’ can also help you ward off the reaper. According to many studies, engaging in sexual intercourse twice a week can reduce the likelihood of heart disease and other cardiovascular troubles. And as you know, your heart is the most important muscle in your body.
In fact, you might not even need to reach the big ‘O’ to reap the benefits, just the act of being aroused can trigger your brain to release the hormones that may enhance circulatory system, and improve your cardiac performance. Therefore, make sure to get busy plenty of times. No partner? No problem. Just take matters into your own hands.
Total body exercise
Yes of course, traditional isometric weight lifting movements have their benefits. But to get more bangs out of every strength session, shoot for total-body exercise and it’s not just about good aesthetics.
One of the major diseases you can doge by opting for this training strategy is heart disease. According to research, exercising multiple muscle groups, in lieu of the traditional ISO training, leads to more efficiency in the rhythmic contraction and expansion of arteries, thus allowing for more oxygenated blood to get into your heart. Not only that, according to research from the American Diabetes Association, the more fibers you recruit with each rep, the more efficient your body access and releases its glycogen stores, leading to an increase in insulin efficiency.
Run from cancer
Cancer is the reaper’s favourite tool, but you can decrease its risk by just engaging in regular cardio activities. According to a study by Harvard university, regular aerobic activity reduces your likelihood of developing prostate cancer by more than 60 percent. The researchers concluded that this type of intense activity creates an inhospitable environment for tumor growth. Add to that, the benefits in terms of fitness and health of cardio exercise.
Therefore, make sure to carry on at least 3 cardio sessions per week. Find out what you love and go for it. According to experts, running is the best cardio option. It’ll help you shed weight, tame stress, prevent heart disease, and of course, bargain the reaper for more years on this magnificent planet. But it’s your call to make, so make sure to take the right decision.
Here you have it! As you see now, you can lose weight, boost muscle mass while adding more years to your life by just opting for simple lifestyle changes. However, speed of implementation is everything. Therefore, make sure to take action on what you’ve just learned, otherwise, this is just another interesting article.
Data Credit: David Dack is an established fitness and health author. His website WeightLossTriumph focuses on the joys of eating whole foods and the importance of caring for ourselves in a holistic way – mind, body and soul. David enjoys researching the latest and most effective ways to achieve your fitness goals—all based on solid science, not myths and misinformation.