Do you think longevity is solely related to genes? If so, I urge you to re-access of what you think. In fact, longevity not only depends on genes but also attitude and our lifestyle. You may want to know that centenarians attribute their long lives to eating well, being optimistic and keeping busy.
True to believe, it may not be that difficult to achieve, here is how:
Be our own best advocate when it comes to our health
For example, we need to know what medicines we are taking, and why and for what duration. We also need to know if our medications have any contraindications and are aware of all their side effects, if any. You may want to read “Medication Problems in Older Adults You Want to Avoid“.
We need to explore alternative ways to deal with our health condition and by doing so it also helps us to get rid to rely on some of the medicines. This will keep our medications simple and the side effects low.
Be smart about what and how much food we consume
It helps to know that conscious eaters have lower blood pressure, reduced body fat and diminished risks for heart disease and even cancer. Hence, it is always good to eat a ‘Mediterranean Diet’, which includes fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish and whole grains. We need to be serious because obesity is related to many debilitating illnesses which shorten our hopes for a long lifespan. Medical researches show that the increase in portion size has contributed to an increase in obesity.
Remember nobody forces us to finish what’s on our plate, and that we can reduce our food consumption because we have the choice!
Keep a trim waist for a healthy heart
To achieve this, we need to be active. Believe me, the more we move, the more we can maintain the flexibility, range of motion and responsiveness that we all need.
You will notice that some people are trying lifestyle changes, like meditation, relaxation and yoga exercises to keep their perspective upbeat and focused on the sunnier side of the spectrum. On the other hand, people are also seeking professional help through cognitive-behavioural therapy to change their negative thoughts into more logical, hopeful thinking.
Remember our body tends to thrive when we feel being supported, encouraged and connected.
Drink moderately and don’t smoke
Ever wonder why people who are happily married tend to live longer than those who never married, or are divorced or separated?
This is because those in unhappy relationships tend to lose the health benefits associated with that kind of commitment.
No wonder we often hear that we need to start now to reduce stress, to keep our mind active and occupied, and be the best we can be. That is because successful ageing is really based on good psychology and life-long choices.
Although we can’t control as age will keep creeping up, nevertheless we can turn the clock around and be healthier in our later years by having a goal not to only live longer, but also healthier.
Ask yourself would you like to live past 90 with a poor quality of life? I would say this is something not to aspire towards, right?
Tan Kok Hui
Nutrition Made Simple, Life Made Rich