8 Ways to Live Healthy for As Long as Possible

You might want to live forever, like some Greek god or sparkling vampire. But the truth of the matter is, vampires never seem to get gum disease. And Zeus never had prostate cancer. We mere mortals not only die, but get sick—sometimes painfully so.

There’s no point living long if you’re not healthy while doing it.

That’s why we scoured the latest medical journals and studies to uncover the top 38 ways you can live healthy for as long as possible. Not only will this advice extend your life, it’ll lead to a happier and healthier one, too. Hygieia—the Goddess of health—would approve.

Don’t Retire Early

The common wisdom about living longer is to de-stress, so you can finally enjoy life. Since deadlines at work keep a lot of us awake at night, it may come as a surprise that early retirement can be a risk factor for dying earlier. According to research published in the British Medical Journal, healthy people who delayed retirement by just one year past age 65 had an 11% lower risk of death from all causes. The same was found to be true in unhealthy people who retired a year later.

Recommendation: No matter your age, keep busy at work on something—if not a job, then a hobby, like gardening, crocheting or crossword puzzles. You might be at rest but your mind doesn’t have to be.

Take a Lesson from Monaco

Maybe good things really do come in small packages. The CIA World Factbook shows people live longer in Monaco than anywhere else on earth—until 89.4 years old, surpassing even Japan (at 85.3). By comparison, the average life expectancy in the United States is 78.6 years. With a combo of their Mediterranean diet, fresh sea air, ample sunshine and wealth, it’s no wonder.

Recommendation: A Mediterranean diet is one that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, and whole grains, low in red meat, and free of refined foods and added sugars. Enjoy wholesome, good-for-you ingredients, and nothing processed. A richness of health will follow.

Talk to Your Doctor About Aspirin

Aspirin was discovered more than a century ago, and since then it’s been a go-to for headaches, fevers, and lowering the chances of having a heart attack. So many people think popping a baby aspirin is a quick and easy way to stay healthy. But don’t start on an aspirin regimen without talking to your doctor first. The FDA warns that long-term aspirin therapy only works on certain people, and can actually increase risk of brain bleeds and other nasty side effects.

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