New Year 2020 has begun and it is the time to set some goals, and welcome new beginnings in your life. All the things you want will look far-off without good health. So this year, choose some healthy lifestyle resolutions and add many more new years to your life.
With almost 23 years of my journey as a multi-speciality primary care physician and preventive health specialist, I have always encouraged people to avoid serious health conditions by incorporating good and healthy habits into their lives.
So here we have 9 resolutions derived from a study conducted by British researchers that can increase your lifespan.
1. Boycott Tobacco From Your Life
The first and most common habit that always draws you to life-threatening severe diseases is the tobacco addiction. If you have never tried it, you should never too because a pack of 10 cigarettes a day can deduct 7 years from your life. Lung Cancer, Mouth and Neck Cancer, Peripheral Vascular Diseases, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Stroke and Heart Attack are common health issues caused by tobacco use. However, the study confirmed that in the long run if you use tobacco and decide to quit tobacco, you can regain the health of a non-smoker.
2. Reduce Cholesterol Levels
High blood cholesterol is a major reason for heart problems and strokes. It can reduce up to 8 months of your life. Some people have genetic cholesterol problems, but others indulge in wrong dietary plans that includes high saturated fats with almost no exercise routine. You can curb cholesterol levels with ideal diets and exercises for a healthy life.
3. Lose Excessive Weight
Overweight people, who managed to lose weight in the study gave excellent results. You can add two months to your life for throwing every one kilogram of that extra fat you have.
4. Balance your blood pressure
Every other heart-related problem was generated from imbalanced blood pressure. High blood pressure was the second most influential problem found in the study. A high blood pressure patient experiences 5.2 years short in his life due to some casual life-shortening effects. Stabilising your BP level requires proper diet, exercise, and even medication sometimes.
5. Be Open-Minded to a Positive Lifestyle
Positivity is the fire to keep and negativity is the smoke to let go. Typically people tend to NEVER CHANGE their personalities. But a few alterations can allow positivity in your persona, your health, further guiding you to a longer and happier life. Everyone experiences obstacles in life but being positive ensures that your health is unaffected by these obstacles.
6. Stay Physically Active
The daily exercise study that was conducted on 5823 adults by Brigham Young University researchers proves that jogging 30-40 minutes or even walking briskly for that long can give you 9 years younger cells than your present age.
7. Ditch Soda
A study in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that drinking soda may be shortening your lifespan even if you are not overweight. This five-year-long study confirmed that soda intake results in fewer telomeres (caps on the ends of chromosomes directly linked to ageing). Except for diet soda, all other soda types affected our ageing “clock” telomeres. However, many pieces of researchers associate heavy diet soda intake to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and depression- all potential life-shorteners.
8. Stop Sitting so much
Simply stand up more during the day and it’ll boost your longevity by increasing the length of your telomeres. This was found in a study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study measured the effects of sitting time and physical activity among 49 sedentary, overweight participants. Researchers saw increment in telomere lengths of individuals indulged in physical activities for 6 months.
9. Control High Blood Sugar In Diabetes
Diabetes Mellitus or simply Diabetes affects around 370 million global population. It is important to control high blood sugar level in diabetic conditions. Healthy eating, managing stress, being physically fit, and constantly taking prescribed medications should be in your new year resolutions to charm your life again and live happily for the long term with diabetes.
Wish you health and happiness in 2020 and always. By inculcating the above-mentioned modifications in your lifestyle, you can surely enhance your life quantitatively and qualitatively.
Stay blessed and Live Life More.