How to live longer: 7 simple steps

They say there’s no avoiding death and taxes. Well, we can’t argue with the latter but a few simple adjustments could keep the former at bay for as long as possible. Even slight improvements to your lifestyle and diet could keep you healthier (and happier) for longer.

Here are some tips to help get you started

1. Exercise. Exercise is good for both your physical and psychological well-being. Staying active makes your body strong and healthy, while also decreasing stress and increasing self-confidence. A good mix of aerobic exercises, like running, swimming and cycling, and strength training is recommended.

2. Look after your body. Many Irish people (us men especially) can be slow to address lingering medical issues by visiting the doctor. Early detection can be key, especially when it comes to serious illnesses, so the quicker you get it checked out the better. It’s a good idea to get a check-up once a year, even if you’re feeling fine.

3. Watch what you eat. This is one of the most important factors to consider if you want to live a long and healthy life. You are what you eat so stick to the food that your body really needs. Stay away from unnatural ingredients and drink plenty of water.

4. Don’t drink too much. Health experts recommend not drinking more than 1-2 alcoholic beverages a day. To many of us in Ireland, 1-2 drinks doesn’t even count as drinking. If you drink frequently it can be difficult to cut it out of your life completely but, if you’re serious about taking care of your body, you might want to consider re-evaluating your relationship with alcohol.

5. Quit smoking. Smoking causes lung disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and gum disease to name but a few. Quitting will vastly improve your health.

6. Avoid high risk behaviour. Whether you’re driving, cycling or walking, always obey the rules of the road. They are there for a reason. If you’re the sporty type, ensure that you have the right equipment, especially if it’s a potentially dangerous activity like climbing or skiing.

7. Take care of your mind. Stress can lead to a number of medical issues so it’s important to be proactive when it comes to mental health. Maintaining close relationships with family and friends can be really beneficial, as can getting enough sleep, pursuing hobbies and keeping your brain active with intellectual stimulation.

For more information on this and other topics, check out our blog or get in touch with one of our experts today.

All the best,

The Team at Gallivan Financial

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