Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. Studies are showing that more people are reaching the age of 100 and beyond than ever before. While most of us want to do good things to improve our health and live longer, we simply don’t make the time.
But in just 15 minutes a day you can make some major improvements to your overall health, stress level, and your happiness. The following simple tasks may only take minutes out of your day, but they can help you live a longer and healthier life:
Stretching is so simple that you may overlook its immense benefits. By simply stretching each day you can increase your energy levels and reduce your muscle tension. Just 15 minutes of stretching a day is all it takes to experience health benefits.
Singing is something we can all do every day, in the car, in the shower, or just about anywhere. Why should you sing? Several studies have found that singing enhances immunity and may promote better posture, improved lung capacity and higher energy levels.
3. Floss Daily
Flossing can actually add years to your life. That’s becuase poor oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. These inflammatory diseases can actually lead to a narrowing of the arteries, a common cause of cardiovascular disease. By simply brushing and flossing daily, we rid our mouths of the bacteria that cause inflammatory gum disease.
Exercise can help prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes while increasing your mood and lowering your chances of depression. Avoiding being inactive is important for living longer and feeling good right now. Be sure that you make your days as active as possible. Stand up at work, go for walks during lunch, and try to work up a sweat at least 3 times a week.
Meditation can increase your productivity and give you greater clarity of mind, better concentration, and more energy. Set aside 15 minutes to meditate or do multiple meditations for briefer periods of time throughout the day if you don’t have the time.
6. Deep Breathing
Breathing is an excellent way to boost health. Breathing can actually improve blood circulation and lower hypertension. It is also a great way to relieve you of stress.
7. Play a Board Game or Crossword Puzzle
Mental activity produces lasting changes in the brain and it creates more synapses or connections, which can help make the brain more resilient to stress. Activities such as crossword puzzles, chess and other card games can help to sharpen mental acuity.
8. Stay Positive
The way that we adapt to the stresses in our lives can determine how long we live. People who manage their life stresses usually have a better functioning immune system, and are better able to cope in today’s society. One way to help to relieve stress is to surround yourself with family and friends. A study of elderly heart attack patients found that people that had 2 or more close friends had twice the one-year survival rate of those who were alone.
By taking good care of our bodies, we all have a much greater chance of living a longer and healthier life. It’s not something you do once in a while. You have to consistently make them part of your lifestyle.