New year, new you. Isn't that what they say? Yeah yeah, we've all been there -- making absolutely ridiculous resolutions that are impossible to stick to. What if I told you there was only ONE resolution you should make in 2013? Yep, one. I resolve to do everything I can to live longer.
Believe me, it's a lot easier than you think. There are loads of small changes that you and I can make to our everyday routine to add weeks, months, and years onto our lives. That's what we all want anyway, right? The longer we live, the more memories.
Check out these 10 easy things you can do in 2013 to live longer, here:
1. Get a pet: Alan Beck, director of the Center for Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University, says that contact with companion animals "triggers a relaxation response," which can have beneficial and life-lengthening health effects. Hello, perfect reason to finally cave into getting that family dog!
2. Get an attitude adjustment: Your way of thinking can totally impact your quality of life. It can also impact how long your life actually is. A study out of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. found that people who were optimistic decreased their risk of an early death by 50 percent. Wow!
3. Move to Greece, or at least visit: Hey you deserve a trip, don't you? According to census data, the Greek island of Icaria had the highest percentage of 90-year-olds anywhere on the planet. Get this: Nearly 1 out of every 3 people make it to their 90s. Field trip!
4. Gain weight, seriously: I know I know, this is so not the typical resolution. According to a study in Oregon, having a little extra meat on your bones could make you live longer. Authors of the study urge people to understand that good health is so much more than a number on a scale or your BMI, it's all about making good choices.
5. Stand up: According to Men's Health, sitting less than three hours a day may increase your life expectancy by two years. How do? Well, sitting still means that your leg muscles are inactive. Standing up activates them which helps metabolize cholesterol and manage your blood sugar -- reducing your risk for heart disease.
What are your resolutions for 2013? Will you try any of these?
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