At Origin Active Lifestyle Communities, we believe that the quality of life people experience in their later years can drastically improve by staying active and engaged in life. While increasing your longevity may seem difficult, some habits promote a healthy and active lifestyle that can also help increase your longevity!
We are committed to making positive changes in our communities and throughout the senior living industry in the way people view aging, living, and healthy lifestyles. We want to share four tips that can help you stay engaged, improve your quality of life, and increase your longevity.
1. Daily Physical Exercise
The number one go-to for increasing longevity is leading an active lifestyle. A study showed that people who exercise vigorously for around 3 hours a week (roughly 30 minutes a day) had DNA and cells that were nine years younger than nonexercisers.
It’s important to keep your physical limits in mind and never start an exercise regimen without speaking to a healthcare professional. If vigorous exercise is not an option for you, a study from Neurology Clinical Practice found that low-intensity workouts can carry the same benefits as intense workouts, as long as they are carried out long-term.
2. Maintain an Active and Healthy Mind
An active brain is a healthy brain. Reading, solving puzzles, playing games, socializing, or listening to music are fantastic ways to stimulate your brain. The mental exercise can depend on your personal preference, but an active and healthy mind is essential to increasing longevity. In addition, mental exercises help to lower your risk of developing dementia or memory impairments.
3. Incorporate Longevity Foods in Your Diet
Adding longevity foods, also called superfoods, can add a plethora of health benefits to your diet and ultimately help with increasing longevity. Here are a few superfoods you can easily incorporate into your diet:
Sweet potatoes: This superfood is rich in potassium and can aid in lowering your overall blood pressure.
Spinach: Spinach is an excellent source of magnesium, bone-building calcium, and is full of healthy nutrients and minerals.
Dark chocolate: This superfood is rich in antioxidants, which support a healthy heart and blood vessels. While this is considered a superfood, it is one with plenty of fat and calories, so eat this in moderation.
4. Floss Regularly to Support Dental Health
While this point may seem a bit odd, flossing prevents gum disease, which can affect your heart. How? If you leave your teeth unflossed, they become irritated and inflamed as plaque continues to build up. This can cause your arteries to narrow, and if left unattended, the plaque build-up can build in your arteries, which can lead to heart disease. The National Institute on Aging shares the benefits of maintaining dental health, as well as its impact on increasing longevity.
These tips not only work to increase your longevity but provide you with an active and healthy lifestyle, making every year, your best year! At Origin Active Lifestyle, we provide our community members with ample opportunity to join in on social and physical activities which encourage active living. If you would like to learn more, check out all of Origin’s active living resources!