Live a longer and healthier life

How To Live A Longer And Healthier Life

December 24, 2012

Although many wish to live a long and healthy life, sometimes things like greasy fast food, busy schedules, and guilty pleasures get in the way. What you may not know is that there are simple ways throughout your day to increase your chances to live a longer and healthier life! Check out these lifestyle tips below and be on your way to living a healthier life


Two women exercising to help live a longer and healthier life.

Even though this may be the most obvious beneficial act you can do to improve your health, its importance should be restated. Fitness treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals are all simple pieces of equipment that offer easy ways to get in your daily dose of exercise. Dr. Mehmet Oz explained to Good Morning America that instead of fitting in an intense 30-minute workout everyday, you should be working on incorporating more frequent physical activity into your everyday life. For example, Dr. Oz suggested pedaling on a stationary bike while watching TV or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Either way, exercise should be considered a vital element in your day-to-day life.

Grab A Mint

According to Rodale, peppermint has the power to increase exercise performance.

“Researchers say that the scent of mint alters your perception of how hard you’re exercising. which can make workouts seem less strenuous so you don’t mind exercising longer,” explained Rodale.

A delicious way to be tricked into a better workout? We’ll take it!

Eat Breakfast

You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And for good reason. Not only does it boost your metabolism, according to AARP, but this morning meal also has the power to make you look younger as well! However, make sure you’re not opting for a sugary breakfast. Although Pop-Tarts may satisfy your taste buds, they’re not doing your body any favors. Try oatmeal instead of its high fiber and low-glycemic index, which may help to ward off wrinkles. You can even add your favorite fruits like strawberries or blueberries to add a touch of sweetness to your oatmeal, while still keeping your morning meal healthy.


Be sure to stretch your muscles.

Activities requiring stretching, like yoga, have been proven to reduce stress by relaxing the blood vessels. Rodale suggested starting off your morning with a simple cat stretch. This can relieve tension in the body while promoting blood flow and healthier posture. You can also fit stretching into your day by using TV commercial breaks as an easy opportunity to loosen up your muscles.

Catch More Z’s

By heading to bed earlier, you could be lengthening your life. Getting a good night’s sleep can help significantly increase brain power and cognitive function.

“Sleep regenerates neurons that enable the brain to function optimally,” explained Jane Ferrie, Senior researcher at University College London Medical School.

According to AARP, those who received less shut-eye over a five-year span showed decreased mental function, which was equal to 4 to 7 years of aging. So, do yourself a favor and get a good night of sleep. Your refreshed body will be sure to thank you in the morning.

Drink Plenty Of Water

The benefits water provides for your body are truly endless. Getting more H2O into your day can help give you healthier skin and hair, protects your joints and even aids in digestion. A good way to see if your body is fully hydrated is to check your urine.

“You should drink enough water that your urine looks like pale lemonade,” said Chris Mohr, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant to the Cincinnati Bengals.

So, drink up! After all, your brain is made up of 80 percent water.