The basic rules of longevity seems to be clear to most: exercise, eat healthy, do not smoke or drink excessively. But is there anything else that could help you live longer? Here we will explain simple things you can do to extend your life and maybe even live a happier life.
Allow Yourself to be Lazy
I bet most of you are jumping at this one. How hard can this be? Well. It can for a lot of people that have problems of simply letting it go and enjoying the moment. One of the famous German physiologists by the name of Max Rubner, has given many powerful arguments in favor of laziness. He found that all living beings depending on the weight of the body have a certain reserve of vital energy ( calories). Lifespan depends on the rate of its energy consumption. If you were to compare the annual from the zoo and from the wild you could see how living stress free and with less movement can prolong their life. Peter Axt and Michaela Axt-Gadermann have written a book “The Joy Of Laziness” in which they explain that patterns of behavior speed up the metabolism and increase caloric consumption therefore shortening the span of life. Relaxation, peace and sometimes outright laziness is perfect for restoring the balance inherent in the body, thanks to which, the body switches from the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (it supports the body at high speeds) to the calming parasympathetic. It normalizes the heart rate, breathing, heart function. So don’t feel bad for being lazy, think of it as the time of prolonging your life. As the already mentioned German doctors recommend to take at least an hour a day for a complete peace, relaxation or meditation. It’s up to you to decide what that lazy hour is; reading a book, watching TV or simply watching lounging on your couch.
Avoid intense fitness
Intense fitness can significantly reduce the body's defenses. According to some doctors, intensive daily training can deplete the body and as a result lower the immunity. To strengthen the immune system, improve muscle tone and prolong life, doctors are advising to choose moderate loads. Perfect fintess regime could look like this:
- half an hour of brisk walk 3-4 times a week
- daily meditation while in motion (yoga, walk)
- 10-15 minutes stretching all muscle groups three times a week
A reasonable portion can not only protects us from obesity, but it can also significantly prolong life. Why? Because, it saves our energy necessary to process food and slows the metabolism and that is considered a major factor in the longevity. It is actually recommended to conduct fasts from time to time and reduce caloric intake to 1400-1600 calories.
Fix Your Posture
Poor posture affects life expectancy. Problems with the spine (curving or effected by trauma) effects the entire musculoskeletal system, and hence the whole body is overloaded. This can lead to the disruption of the energy in muscle contraction and cause increased tension in the body. Other symptoms might include persistent pain in the spine, headaches, hernia, wear on the large joints. The internal organs, the brain and the endocrine glands are forced to work with deficiency of blood supply. Naturally, this will worsen the quality and reduce the life expectancy.
If you do sedentary work do not be lazy to take a few breaks to walk around and stretch. This can add years to your life.
Find Your Ikigai
Ikigai in Japanese means “find your purpose in life”. According to a study that lasted 11 years, Ikigai can help protect the elderly from stress, and developments of arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even stroke. It was found that those who have a clear goal in life, lived longer and had a sharper mind than those who did not.
There is no single recipe to how to find your Ikigai or where to look for it. It could be work that you enjoy, volunteering, hobbies or caring for a loved family member. One thing is clear: in order to prolong the life treat is seriously and respect it.
These tips might seem to easy and you might doubt its effectiveness but just remember the saying “it’s the simple things in life that are the greatest gifts”.