Life expectancy in the developed world has lengthened dramatically in the last few decades, and it is now very common to see people living into their 80s, 90s, or even past 100! One reason for this phenomenon is the tremendous advancements made in science, which has allowed common, ordinary folk to make more informed decisions about their lifestyle habits. What exactly are these healthy lifestyle habits that are essential to longevity? Read on to find out more.
Researches conducted by healthcare professionals have revealed a correlation between regular exercise and slowed cell aging in humans. While you might be put off at the mention of “regular exercise” due to the misconception that it entails running a marathon or lifting weights that are twice your body weight, you do not have to do that at all. Just fifteen minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day can perform wonders for your health. In fact, a Taiwanese study ten years ago involving more than four hundred thousand participants showed that fifteen minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day enabled them to live an extra three years. While it might seem daunting to plan and stick to a regular exercise routine, the good thing is that with the variety of exercises that are out there, you can definitely find one which you love. Choosing an exercise that you enjoy will help you stay committed and motivated to hit your fitness goals.
Cut Down on Processed Foods
With the rapid industrialization of the world in the past two centuries, there have been massive dietary changes in many urbanized countries. People are consuming more processed foods which are high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, rather than fresh foods. Unsurprisingly, there have been more instances of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension in the developed world.
Research involving 7,000 participants conducted by the Centers for Disease Control a few years ago found that they consume an average of 3,300 mg of sodium a day, which is 1,000 mg more than the National Institutes of Health’s recommendation of 2,300 mg a day.
It is a well-known fact that aging adults who keep to themselves tend to experience poor mental health compared to their more social counterparts. Anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are more common among isolated adults. Keeping in touch with friends or family provides them with an outlet to manage their stress as they would have someone to talk to when they are feeling down. Being in a healthy state of mind also improves one immune system, minimizing the chances of falling ill.
At Discovery Village At Twin Creeks, we have a full calendar of activities and events to ensure that all our residents have ample opportunities to mingle around with their fellow residents and build strong, long-lasting friendships.