Everyone has a 'To Do List', but have you got a 'Not To Do List'? Add these things to it and you'll live longer!
1) Stop eating processed food
- the last 30 years we have started adding more sodium, saturated fat, sugar and taking out fibre (fibre has a short shelf life). The result of this is more cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer
- The recommended sodium intake is 2300 but the average intake at the moment is 3300
- less than 50% of carbs should be from sugar on food label
- cook vegies in bulk, eat more fibre and less processed meats
2) Stop sitting still
- Everything is now outsourceable - walking the dog, washing the car, getting the groceries, transportation etc.
- 15 minutes per day of moderate intensity 5 days has been shown to increase longevity by 3 years! Not to mention quality of life
- get a fit bit - small, easy and daily walking/activity goals means that it's very achievable!
- Increase your incidental - walk to work 2/week, take the stairs, park further away, buy a dog, gardening, standing desk at work etc.
3) Stop holding a grudge
- Cortisol (stress hormone) is produced when stressed and angry
- This has negative impact on heart, metabolism and immune system
- high cortisol = higher mortality rates
- ASK - what am I getting from this grudge? Is it worth it?
4) Stop keeping to yourself
- staying social boosts immune system and helps manage stress
- good relationships can also strengthen your piece of mind
- negative relationships can put you in a negative frame of mind, risk of depression and cardiovascular issues
- You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with! Whether the category is wealth, health, happiness or education.
5) Stop thinking only big changes count
- how do you eat an elephant? Piece by piece!
- radical changes are more inspiring but also daunting
- brushing your teeth is a non-negotiable and happens every single day - commit the same amount of time to exercise and watch what happens! Pretty soon you'll be doing more than the initial 4 minutes per day
- Aim lower than what you can do - this way you're never pushing the limits or making it something that is too hard and therefore inconsistently done
6) Stop robbing yourself of Sleep
- less than 6 or more than 9 has shown to affect longevity of life
- fall asleep fast by - dark and distraction free, reduce screen time 1 hour before bed, keep temperature cool, meditation or an inexpensive noise machine
7) Stop relying heavily on your genes
- only responsible for about a third of longevity potential
- Focus on what you can change, not on what you can't
- Lifestyle factors (modifiable risk factors) make up the majority - exercise habits, nutrition, environment etc.
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