If you want to live longer, you may want to make a few changes to your diet, your sleep habits and your lifestyle.
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about cutting out some of the stuff you love (spicy food!), but rather adding to your healthy habits.
Get some exercise
It’s no secret that exercise is good for you, and just going for a walk counts! Walking is one of the easiest ways to add some exercise into your daily routine. No matter your age, a daily walk can help you feel better, and possibly even live longer.
Cut out the stress
Another tip for a long life has to do with cutting out unnecessary stress. Researchers have found that happy, optimistic people tend to live longer. Stress can take a toll on your health, including leading you to make some other unhealthy lifestyle decisions.
Get some sleep
When you’re well rested you just feel better, so make sure you’re getting enough shut-eye at night. Some studies blame a lack of sleep for an increased mortality risk, while other studies simply point to sleep deprivation in driving up the risk of other health problems like depression and obesity.
Pick up gardening
If you’re looking for a new hobby to pick up, try gardening. Some studies have shown decreased mortality rates in those who garden, while other studies show regular gardeners have a lower risk of dementia. It can’t hurt that gardening means spending time outside.
Eat more spicy food
Last but not least, try adding more spicy food to your diet. In particular, another study points to chili peppers for possibly lowering the risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Other studies have also suggested capsaicin is packed with healthy benefits. So why not try adding some fresh hot peppers or pepper products to your diet. It may be just another key to living a long, long life.