Take these 20 steps...& live for 20 more years
Sex, tea, veg, more sleep
People who own a pet are less stressed, less depressed and can live longer than those who don’t. The calming effect of owning an animal can even reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of a heart attack. Owners who walk their dogs daily live an average of seven years longer than otherwise similar non-dog owners. Helping others not only feels good – it could reap big health rewards too. A long-term study found people who volunteered regularly over a lifetime lived significantly longer
than those who didn’t. Optimists live 12 years longer than pessimists. List three good things that happened each day before bed.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology found those who drank lightly (no more than one glass a day for women and two for men) had a significantly lower risk of heart disease death. SEX LIFE Twice a week is best for you family ties are the secret of living to 100, according to a study of centenarians. Friends provide emotional support, which helps us deal with stress, and feeling loved boosts the production of feelgood chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin, which in turn promote brain growth, combating ageing. Lack of sleep can put you at greater risk of health conditions such as depression and heart disease. But even a small improvement can make a big difference – one study found that just going to bed one hour earlier led to a significant drop in blood pressure – lowering your risk of heart attack or stroke. Research by psychologist Dr Howard Friedman has found that the best predictor of longevity is how conscientious a person is. People who are careful with money, thoughtful, detail-focused and like to put everything back in its rightful place tend to live longer. Singing regularly could be your best health insurance policy, a joint Harvard and Yale University study found. Being a choir member increased life expectancy, and concluded this was because singing slashed stress, promoted a healthy heart and helped ward off depression.
Serious gum disease can reduce life expectancy by as much as 35%. Plaque bacteria has been linked to heart disease and other life-shortening conditions. So brush twice a day for two minutes – not forgetting to brush the gums too – and floss between teeth.