Rick's 7 Tips for Living a longer and Healthier LifeSubmitted by Financial Planning Solutions, LLC on May 24th, 2018
We all have read about how we are living longer these days. However, we don't want to just live longer, we want to live a long heathy life don't we?
You and I both know there are no guarantees in life. One can do everything "right" and still face all sorts of adversities, illnesses, or injuries. (Hey, even I, who went for a walk last June to get some exercise in during my workday, suffered a freaky fall, broke my shoulder, messed up my index finger and elbow and am still dealing with that whole thing).
And yes, there are always those stories you hear or people in your life that seem to do everything wrong and are doing well into a ripe old age. These people have just won the lottery in my opinion.
Those that know me, know I try to live a heathy lifestyle. Eating right and getting some exercise. Sure, I have fallen down on both of those activities from time to time but the key is to straighten your course as soon as you can. Fall off that horse? Get right back on.
So, here are my keys to a healthy and long life:
1. Don't smoke. If you do, quit. This is just a no brainer as there are simply ZERO positive reasons to smoke. (not to mention the money you will save!)
2. Eat a healthy diet. Those that are regular readers of this newsletter, see a healthy recipe every week and a video of Michael Greger, MD who is a proponent of a plant based diet. Now, I'm not saying you need to be a full blown vegan. I'm saying one should incorporate more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes into their diet. An easy way to get more veggies in your diet is to make a healthy smoothie. I combine kale, some frozen berries, some turmeric, and ginger and drink this each morning. Click HERE to see Dr. Greger's 6 foods you should eat every day. The more of these foods you eat every day, the less junk one tends to eat. It's kind of like a lush healthy lawn crowding out the weeds.
3. Move your body. As a nation, we have become increasingly more sedentary over the years. According to the United Income report, we are watching an average of 3 hours of TV a day. Much like the food choices above, these hours spent in front of a screen are hours you are not doing something active. I'm not suggesting you give up your favorite shows, I'm suggesting you cut back and utilize that time by moving a bit more.
4. Incorporate stress reduction into your life. This can be anything from a formal daily meditation practice to just sitting quietly for 15 minutes a day and doing some deep breathing. A great breathing technique I have shared in the past is right HERE.
5. Get 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep a night. Try to keep to a set bedtime and establish a bedtime ritual that is conducive to a good night's sleep. First, if you have difficulty falling asleep, incorporate the breathing technique shown above (it works like a charm). It is helpful to limit screen time an hour before bed. That means no TV, phone, or computer use.
6. Spend time with those that share a common interest or engage in a meaningful cause. This could be anything from a book club, place of worship activities, volunteering, to even something active like a walking or hiking club
7. Fit in some laughter into your life. Laughing just plan feels good and I think most of us don't do enough of it.
To good health!
Questions? I'm here to help.
All the best.
Rick Fingerman, CFP®, CDFA®, CCPS®
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