WANT TO LIVE LONGER AND HEALTHIER?

It’s estimated that without disease, pollution, accidents, etc., the human body could last up to 600 years! Even with these risk factors, living to 100 isn’t that far-fetched—with proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

Here are five easy things you can do right now to increase your odds of living a long, healthy life:

  1. Raise Your Hands High: Orchestra conductors live longer than the general population. That’s because they must keep their arms elevated for extended periods, during which time they’re in constant motion. Both of these conditions strengthen the heart. You can get the same benefits by “conducting” music at home. Simply grab a stick, wand, coat hanger, or whatever is handy; play your favorite music; and conduct away! Not only will you be supporting your heart, but listening and moving to music is a great way to reduce stress.

     
  2. Stock Up on Sardines: These tiny little fish that were once thought of as “hobo food” are perhaps one of the best-kept long-life secrets. That’s because sardines give you vital nutrients—including CoQ10 and omega-3 essential fatty acids—that support your heart, brain, and overall health. I strongly suggest adding sardines to your diet. One can, at least twice a week, should do the trick.

     
  3. Eat Plenty of Cruciferous Vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables contain glutathione, which is one of the “granddaddies” of all antioxidants. It helps protect against harmful free radicals that we’re all exposed to in pollution, water, and the food we eat. Good choices of cruciferous vegetables include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and kale.

     
  4. Take a Good Multivitamin/Mineral Complex: The best ones provide the proper dosages of all the vitamins, minerals, and herbs needed to support every aspect of your health, from a healthy heart to your brain, eyes, bones, and more.

     
  5. Keep Moving: No matter where I’m traveling around the world, the countries with the healthiest populations are the ones that lead active lives. Walk on a regular basis—a 20- or 30-minute stroll after dinner is an excellent habit. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. And park at the far end of the parking lot. Every time you move, you’re helping to boost your health.

Finally, keep a good, positive attitude about life. As simple as it may sound, your outlook on life might be the most important aspect of improving both the quality and length of your life.