Secrets for a longer, healthier life.  Sounds great, right? However, these tips only work if you practice living them. For most of my life, I have personally worked at living a healthy lifestyle. In midlife, now more than ever the choices I make are monumental.  They truly dictate how I feel day in and day out.

“We all desire to live a longe, healthier life. However, the modern lifestyle people embrace today has a negative effect on overall wellness.  The reason some people live long and healthy lives, while some die before their time is due to their lifestyle choices.  If you choose to embrace a healthy lifestyle you will have the potential to live a long life.”- anonymous

SECRET #1

Eat cooked beans every day

EAT BEANS secrets to a longer healthier life

Beans are delicious, nutritious, easy to make and inexpensive.

Cooked beans are a healthy source of protein. Although, lean meats and fish usually take all the glory, the health benefit of cooked beans is their high protein content. Your body uses protein to build and repair damaged tissues. Protein is also used by the body to make hormones, enzymes and other important body chemicals. In addition, protein is important for the building of muscles, bones, skin, blood, and cartilage. Cooked beans are also loaded with fiber that helps to lower cholesterol, enhance intestinal health, aid in weight loss, lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as prevent diabetes. Cooked beans are also packed with minerals and vitamins particularly vitamin B, potassium, copper, zinc and folic acid. They also contain phytonutrient that helps to enhance your overall body health and wellness. Cooked beans contain vital components that will help enhance your overall health enabling you to live a longer and healthier life. This is one way to reap the benefits of the secrets for a longer, healthier life.

Secret #2

Walk More

One of the most convenient ways to move your body.

Most people usually underestimate the health benefits of walking. The secret weapon…walking is the easiest and one of the most effective exercises which can help you attain your fitness goals. For instance, regular brisk walking can help you manage a healthy weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your balance and coordination, improve your mood, as well as help manage various conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Studies have also shown that walking can also help to curb cravings, as well as reduce the amount of food  you eat when you are stressed. It also helps to boost your immune function and can protect you, especially during cold and flu season. Walking also helps to lubricate and strengthen muscles along the joint, a factor which helps to prevent joint pain. The more you walk, the longer and healthier life you will have and reap the benefits of the secrets for a longer, healthier life.

Secret #3

Maintain Regular Routine

90/10 principle

Just say no…99% of the time.

Sticking to a regular schedule has both mental and physical benefits. In this secret, studies have shown the human body thrives on homeostasis. Your surrounding environment keeps changing all the time. As a result, your body is forced to adjust itself in order to maintain the steady internal state it needs to promote good health and long life. Digestive, sex, growth, feel good, insulin and cortisol hormones follow a certain regular pattern. They usually perform at their very best when you maintain a regular routine. The more you maintain a regular routine the more you will be able to reap the benefits of the secrets for a longer, healthier life.

Secret #4

Eat More Vegetables

eat up your greens

Choose local and organic when you can. Prep as soon as you bring them home. Eat as many as you can and as colorful as you can. Your body will thank you.

In this secret, studies have shown people who eat more vegetables have reduced risk of many chronic diseases. They contain vital nutrients including fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins A, E and C. Vegetable such as tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and garlic provide additional nutrients which is why they are commonly referred to as superfoods. Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and have no cholesterol. Vegetables contain vital minerals and nutrients help maintain blood pressure, reduce diverticulosis and constipation.  Additionally, lower blood cholesterol levels as well as lower the risk of heart disease.

Secret #5

Stop Smoking

secrets to a healthier life

The pic says it all…QUIT!!!!

If you are a smoker then it is definitely time to quit smoking if you want to live a healthier and longer life. Studies have shown that smoking is the main cause of lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema. If you already have asthma, smoking can trigger an attack or make the situation worse. Smoking also increases your chances of suffering from lung cancer, cancer of the bladder, kidney, throat, mouth cervix and pancreas. Smoking is a death trap and you should stop immediately if you want to live a healthier and longer life.  Unfortunately, we have found out the hard way during the Covid19 pandemic, those who smoke or vape are at extreme risk.

Secret #6

Hydrate

GIVE IN TO THIRST secrets to a longer healthier life

water with lemon

If you take just one secret away from this list it’s to drink lots of water.   Water is for energy and so much more.  Being and staying hydrated can minimize bloating, headaches, mood swings, joint pain, hot flashes, and regulate body temperature.  Keep in mind your body’s thirst mechanism becomes less reliable as you age.  Don’t wait until you’re feeling parched to grab a drink.  Instead, keep the fluids flowing throughout the day.  Kick caffeine if you can.  Keep tabs on your cocktails.  Say “Sayonara” to salt.  All great ways to boost your water intake and keep your body working at it’s best.  Follow these…secrets for a longer, healthier life.

Great advice and realistic ways to improve the quality of your life, thanks Ryan.  Have questions, need some guidance I’m here .