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How to Add Days to Your Life

No matter what you do (or don’t do) you’ll never come out of life alive. The inevitable fact is everyone will die, but by developing healthy habits you can add time to your lifespan. 

Your Arteries:

You know the saying “it’s the insides that counts”? That holds a lot of truth, especially concerning your health. One of the best things you can do for yourself is keeping your arteries young. You can do this by avoiding a high-fat diet, exercising frequently, and keeping your stress levels down. Unhealthy arteries are often associated with strokes, memory impairment, heart complications, and may even decrease the overall health of your brain. The majority of issues with one’s arteries are self-inflicted. Therefore, be smart and stay young by taking care of your insides.

Eating Habits:

In this modern age we are almost always on the go. Because of this, we can develop negative eating habits. The number of obese individuals is rising and with this increase comes higher risk of heart problems, stroke, and arthritis. If you are unable to maintain a healthy diet, try taking a dietary supplement. No, it is not as effective as your meats, grains, and vegetables, but it will help your body maintain a healthier balance of nutrients and vitamins.


Normally, we would associate getter older with a decrease in strength; however, studies have proven this theory to be incorrect. The Landmark Research group conducted a study with frail nursing home residents between the ages of eighty and ninety. These individuals were tested positive for a higher metabolism, lung capacity, and reduced premature death. After a six to eight week period of exercising regularly, their muscle and bone strength increased dramatically.

Besides physical benefits, refraining from too much of a sedentary lifestyle provides the following: 

  • A reduced risk of having fractured bones
  • Creates and maintains balance
  • Lowers the risk of developing (and increasing) high blood pressure, diabetes, and specific cancers
  • Less anxiety and depression symptoms
  • Improves your mood and helps to clear your mind
Lastly, one of the most important factors of health is having a positive outlook on life. The healthiest people seem to have several methods of staying happy and have hobbies. They interact well socially and attempt to stay productive. Many individuals assume that due to their great physical health, all is well, but your mental health and outlook is equally important!

Those are my health tips for today, but if you have any or  learned from this article, I’d love to know. Plus, I am having another health article this week and depending on the response you leave in your comment I’ll include it in!

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