4 Daily Secrets of Super-Healthy,
Have you ever marveled at how some men and women are seemingly ageless – having a spectacular time, looking at least 20 years younger, and sailing through life without an apparent care in the world?
We sure have – because we want to be those people!
After extensive research, we’ve boiled everything down into just four simple secrets that I want to share with you – the daily habits that appear to make all the difference in the lives of seemingly ageless, youthful appearing, fun-loving adults.
It turns out that there’s more to aging well than conventional wisdom suggests. You already know that eating right and staying active are important. You don’t need another lecture on those topics.
But we found that those things alone won’t guarantee that you look 40-something when you’re pushing 70, or that you act and feel like you’re in the prime of your life when your contemporaries are just plain getting old.
And while genetics play a role, there’s no sense worrying about things you really can’t control. Instead, we want to focus – for our own personal sakes as well as yours – on simple things we can actually do to look young, feel young, and stay healthy.
Nine Decades of Research Back Us Up!
Decades of research coupled with new, leading-edge findings are beginning to reveal the things that really make a difference when it comes to living a long life filled with energy and vitality and free from disease.
How you treat your body matters. But researchers are discovering that how you treat your self matters more. In a long-term study dubbed The Longevity Project, researchers tracked 1,500 children throughout their lives. This study actually began in 1921 and has been handed down from one research team to the next to gather the best data possible.
What these researchers found might surprise you.
Your Attitude Counts – a Lot: It’s easy to think that people with natural optimism will live the longest lives. But it’s not as simple as that. Optimists also tend to be risk takers. Statistically, that can spell an early demise. Instead, researchers say that people who are practical from a young age, who take the time to plan for the things that they want, and who carefully weigh risks tend to live longer and stay healthier.
And that suits us just fine. We don’t have to work myself up into Richard Simmons-like enthusiasm and giddiness every day. Instead, it’s better to be in a good mood and have a positive attitude flow naturally from taking a practical approach to life. So you don’t necessarily have to be a boundless optimist, and you certainly don’t want to be a pessimist – the thing to strive for is being a realist.
Your Relationships Matter: It turns out satisfying relationships play a big role in your lifespan and your health. Strong friendships, ties to your community, and a healthy romantic life can all give you a long life and good health.
If you think about the people you know who fit the mold of super-healthy, fun-loving, seemingly ageless adults, you can see that this is true. These folks are rarely alone in life. They either have a committed partner who shares many of the same attributes, or they are very successful at attracting other active, fun-loving people into their lives.
This is backed up by another study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers found that loneliness levels in people over 60 correlate with longevity and overall health. Those that self-identified as lonely had a 45 percent higher risk of death during the following years than those who did not.
Rewarding Work: Lots of research points to stress as the culprit behind a variety of diseases. But, in this study, researchers found that stress is countered by meaningful, rewarding work.
So, if you choose a job (paid or volunteer) that you love and are passionate about, it’s okay to get a little stressed out now and then… the benefits of your work actually cancel out the negatives of stress.
The Right Kind of Exercise: The best exercise is the kind that you love to do, plain and simple. You can drag yourself to the gym every day or force yourself to run a 5k, but you will never get the same effect as if you do something that you look forward to and enjoy – walking, hiking, cycling, swimming, dancing, or any other activity that seems more like playing than “working out.”
It just so happens that many of the exercises that are the most fun to do can also help you balance your body’s hormone levels – another important component to healthy aging and lasting youth. The trick is to be willing to push yourself outside your comfort zone.
So, for example, if you love hiking, make it a point to really blast your way up a hill or two during your outing. Don’t be afraid to get yourself breathing hard.
In addition to having fun with exercise, try to lift some weights or do some weight-bearing exercises from time to time – that’s the only recommendation I’ll make today that might sound like work.
An Anti-Aging Prescription