Four Simple Secrets To Longevity

Jan 5th, 2018

Longevity is more simple than it sounds, but we often take the wrong advice.

 

There’s no miracle cream or gel. You don’t have to be happy all the time or live in a constant state of zen. You don’t even need outstanding genetics.

 

Instead, longevity comes down to simple things in everyday life. There are a few that most scientists agree on:

 

Stay Connected

Social isolation connects a range of health problems, including heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Social support from friends, family, or even pets can help spike your mood and lower your blood pressure. Marriage is even connected to longevity for men.

 

Live with Purpose

Volunteering isn’t just good for society. Research shows that volunteering can help lower your blood pressure and help you live longer, as long as you do it to help others rather than yourself. While social connections have their own value, doing things for the good of society can have a separate positive influence on your health.

 

Keep Moving

Regular exercise can dramatically lower your risk of heart disease, the number one leading cause of death in the United States. Federal guidelines suggest at least 150 minutes of physical exercise per week for adults, with modifications as needed for some over age 65. You don’t need to run or jog, either. Just walking at a brisk pace can pay off.

 

Eat Right

You don’t need to methodically count your Omega 3 fatty acids or even your calories to eat for longevity. Instead, eating for longevity is eating simply: more fruits and veggies, less calorie-heavy, processed foods. This way, you can eat more food but ingest fewer calories. Low-calorie diets are linked to a lower risk of dementia, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.

 

If you or a loved one are looking to get serious about your health and want a senior living campus that aligns with that goal, look to Shorewood.

 

With our focus on wellness, state-of-the-art gym, personalized exercise plans and healthy dining options, our program is designed for the comprehensive health of mind, body, and spirit.