Did you ever think you wanted to live to be 100 years old? Your Indianapolis chiropractor will tell you that there are a few lifestyle changes that you could make today that will help you live a linger and fuller life.
Experts used to say that your life span was largely genetic. How long you live could be determined by the ages of your ancestors. However, things have changed and a few tips now could determine how long you live. If you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and avoid smoking and drinking, you can increase your chances to live to be 100 years old!
Here are 11 more tips from this Indianapolis chiropractor that might surprise you and that can have a definite impact on how many birthdays you can enjoy.
1. Don’t completely retire – many people work their whole lives with the goal to retire someday. However, to adopt a sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and a rise in chronic diseases and shorten your life span. Dr. Yoder is not saying you need to continue to work 40 hours a week forever. Just stay active….volunteer at local museums, elementary schools or hospitals.
2. Floss every day – you are probably wondering how taking care of your teeth can lengthen your life. Flossing every day can reduce gum disease. Gum disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream that triggers inflammation that leads to heart disease. So, flossing is not only good for your teeth and gums. It keeps your arteries healthier.
3. Keep moving – exercise is the fountain of youth. Exercise improves muscle mass, bone density, mood, mental sharpness and balance. You don’t have to join a gym. Walk in your neighborhood or at a mall 30 minutes a day.
4. Eat cereal for breakfast – we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what you eat is just as important as when you eat. Choose a cereal that is rich in fiber. It helps the body maintain stable blood sugars throughout the day and lowers the risk of diabetes.
5. Six hours of sleep – sleeping regularly for 6 hours every night can add years to your life. Sleeping is when the body regenerates itself and heals.
6. Eat whole foods, not supplements – people with high levels of certain nutrients (vitamin C, E and beta carotene) age better and live longer. Go to the nutrition page of the Meridian Chiropractic website to see what foods have these precious nutrients in them. Avoid nutrient lacking foods such as white breads, flour and sugars. A good rule to follow is….look for foods with color. Eat lots of deep, rich colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals.
7. Be more emotional – internalizing thoughts and emotions and dwelling on troubles can actually have an effect on life span. Let it out and learn to roll with the punches. Try yoga, meditation, taking deep breathes and laugh more.
8. Live like a 7th day Adventist – an Adventist believes that your body is a gift and only on loan to you so treat it accordingly. No smoking, minimal alcohol and sweets. Take care of your body…it’s the only one you have.
9. Creature of habit – stick to a routine. Go to bed the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. Eat your meals at the same time every day. If there is a change in routine, the body can have difficulty bouncing back especially if you are older and this can make you more susceptable to viruses and infections. Babies thrive on routine….and so do adults.
10. Stay connected – enjoy regular contacts with friends and loved ones. It can help avoid depression. A friend will always “have your back” and will push you to take care of yourself.
11. Be conscientious – become more organized. If you are persistant in your organization, you are more likely to follow doctor’s orders, take the right medication at the right time and have routine check-ups. (a good place to start is at Meridian Chiropractic Clinic)
So if your goal is to live longer than your great-great grandfather, follow a few simple rules today and you just might be looking for a larger birthday cake for all 100 candles!