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Increase Life Expectancy: 6 Unusual Ways to Keep Kicking

Ever wish for more hours in your day? What if you could get more years in your life?

While we’re pretty much stuck with a maximum of 24 hours per day, our life spans may not be so fixed in stone. What if you could add just a few new habits, make a couple of lifestyle choices, and maybe get a few more years tacked on to your life in return?

And not just years, but good, healthy, vibrant years?

You likely know the usual ways already: eat lots of fruits and veggies, sleep enough, drink enough water, exercise, stay calm, don’t smoke, spend time with others. All very good ideas. But here are six ways you can increase life expectancy that you may not know about.

One: Increase life expectancy by having more sex

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According to The Sex MD – physician and sex therapist Madeleine Castellanos – time between the sheets can add years to your life. Regular sex boosts immunity, improves our cardiovascular system, sleep, and blood pressure. It’s good for emotional health – even eyesight, says the doc. Intimacy relieves the sensation of pain, which can ease depression.

“Human beings are designed to respond to physical contact,
to eye-to-eye contact; it’s what makes us thrive as babies and as adults.”

If your libido is a bit limp these days, try imagining sex, Dr. Castellanos says; remembering past erotic moments or engaging in fantasy can help revive desire.

Two: Increase life expectancy by learning

Curiosity, exploration, and learning can have enormous health benefits. Taking classes at your local college or community center gets you out and interacting with other people, which is key to longevity. Studying and learning something new like a foreign language or musical instrument may help ward off depression and anxiety, even provide some protection against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Learning doesn’t have to be in a formal setting to provide benefits. For example, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 68%, says John Coleman in the Harvard Business Review.

Three: Increase life expectancy by serving others

Turns out, doing good for others can do you a whole lot of good as well: lower risk of hypertension, better brain function, less risk of depression or physical disability, more satisfaction with life. Those advantages are particularly significant for older adults.

The more you volunteer, it seems, the better the impact on your own health. The Corporation for National and Community Service says those who spend at least 100 hours a year in volunteer service were “most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes.”

Four: Increase life expectancy by flossing

increase life expectancyBrushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly are associated with greater longevity, says the Leisure World Cohort Study. According to the study, brushing before bed, flossing daily, and seeing the dentist regularly all reduced risk of death. And the more teeth you keep, the better, the study indicates.

What’s the connection? One problem is the increase in infections; the bacteria in your mouth can trigger an immune response, causing chronic inflammation, and that can cause arteries to swell. Poor oral hygiene is linked with heart disease (increase in plaque), stroke, atherosclerosis, pneumonia, other respiratory disease, and mortality. Those with fewer teeth may not be able to chew healthy, high fiber foods comfortably, impacting diet.

Five: Increase life expectancy by living near the parkincrease life expectancy

Green spaces keep us healthier, as pretty much anyone lucky enough to live near a park can tell you. Trees and other green and growing things can reduce pollution, noise, and heat, cheer us up, and encourage us to get out and be active. And women who live in green areas live longer.

And the deeper the greens, the better: a few trees is nice, but the larger the green space, the better the outcomes for our health. Populations who lived near green spaces – and thus had the greatest exposure – had the largest reductions in heart, respiratory, and kidney disease, and lung cancer deaths.

If you can’t live on the park, spend as much time in nature as you can. Encourage city planners to allow increased vegetation. If you live in a city, find out if there’s a P-Patch program near you.

Six: Increase life expectancy by getting a dog

Correction to the old adage: dogs are humans’ best friends. A recent study done in Sweden with more than 34,000 participants showed that dog ownership was associated with lower risk of death. If that’s not friendship, what is?

Dogs are particularly good for our hearts. They require regular exercise, which means we get up and out to give it, even when the weather is uninviting; they also invite social interaction by being irresistibly cute. For those who already have health concerns, dogs lead to better outcomes and recovery, reducing the risk of death.

Dogs calm us, give us a reason to get up in the morning, and are ridiculously loveable (and love is really good for us).

So yes, eat your broccoli, walk 30 minutes a day, and hydrate, but also go for a hike, floss, get frisky, and finally sign up for those French (or French horn) lessons if you want to add a few years to your life.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m taking my dog to the park.

Living Well

PRiME Community: “What Does Living Well Mean to You?”

The Secret to Living Well and Longer:

Eat Half, Walk Double, Laugh Triple, Love Without Measure

On our “About Us” page, we describe PRiME Women as a lifestyle guide for living well not just living longer. We thought it would be interesting to survey our authors to find out what living well meant to them. Below are some of our contributing editors’ definition of living well.

“Eat healthy, exercise, spend time with family and friends, have your own interests, and spend time between your own two ears.” – Linda Fanaras

“Living well to me means pursuing ones purpose and passion in life whilst still being able to enjoy precious time with family and dear friends.” – Jan Fletcher

“I know I am living well when I am physically and emotionally able to enjoy the things that mean the most to me.” – Karyl Innis

“Living well means having the luxury and support of my family to follow new ideas without worrying they might not like them; having the support of a brilliant team at work to keep trying new things; fantastic doctors that support and keep me going despite not great health problems.” – Victoria Tomlinson

“Having the health and vitality to do what I love to do, with those I want to do it, and make a lasting difference in the lives of others.” – Debra Atkinson

“Living well to me means having the opportunity to spend plenty of time  with my husband, friends and remaining family members. It also means having the hours to nourish my rich inner life through reading, attending operas, ballets, plays and also by drawing and painting. Life is one long fascinating occasion to enlarge your mind, to strengthen your soul and body if you just remain open and accepting of all that is happening around you.” – Dianne Patterson

“Happiness. Life is short and I want to do the things I love to do with people who love and enjoy the same things.” – Paula Lambert

“Living well to me is a day off when I can walk on the beach hand and hand with my husband and doggie. Watching a quiet sunset with a lovely glass of wine as we hear the waves breaking on the sand. Life’s simple pleasures, making the time to know at that moment how lucky we were to find each other how fortunate we are to be alive and have this moment.” – Paul Labrecque

“Living well means being in good health, happy, joyous, free and physically fit.”  Valerie Freeman

“Living well means…
Having loved ones around you.
Having the means to go where you’ve always wanted to go.
Being fulfilled spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Knowing that you have friends who have your best interests at heart.” – Tricia Conover

“Living well for me means focusing on the eternal rather than the temporal. If I’m ever in doubt about my priorities, I only need ask myself if what I’m fussing over will really matter once I leave this earth, if it doesn’t, I can put it at the bottom of my list so I don’t miss what is of true and lasting value.”  – Dorthy Shore

 

If you are a subscriber, you’ll be receiving a short survey in your inbox in the coming week OR you can email us at info@primewomen.com. We want to hear how YOU describe living well!