A research conducted to more than 111, 000 U.S. women and men between the ages of 30-75 in 1980 and 1986 made a remarkable result and finding about how far we can go if we live a lifestyle that is considered healthy. They answered questionnaires for every two years through 2014. They correlated scores to come up with certain guidelines adhering to the lifestyle deemed as healthy. As a result, leading a healthy way of living add up to 10 years to women, while men might benefit eight years more. It could be more than this but the result range is almost the same. This is in the condition that the study was continually conducted until a certain year’s time.
What contributes to this?
Sticking to the healthy habit is a bit daunting at first, but it can also make life worth living. A very good example of it is the comfort it brings when one exercises regularly and avoiding cigarettes smoking. The following adds up to healthy lifestyle:
- Eating fiber rich food and low-fat diet
- Quitting or avoiding smoke
- Regularly exercising and working out
- Keeping a healthy body weight
- Consuming less alcohol
How soon to start
People are often discouraged when they feel they are not following their healthy routine or that they find some habits hard to follow through. The research has made a conclusion that it is never too late to follow a healthy lifestyle habit as highlighted by the fact that most of the research constituents are already in the ages between 30’s to 60’s. It also emphasized that most of the situation where participants showed declined activity in a certain habit, they still excel in some habits and that also helped in contributing to the healthy way of living.
While there may be some definite number to compare the increase in living years, each person experiences different results based on their own way of living and conditions. This also applies to how much they can endure a certain lifestyle. However, if you put it all together, you can still come up with an increased life expectancy. Some of the common comfort and benefit it gives is the ability to do other task compared to their previous lifestyle which is helpful in creating a positive mindset. By being empowered to do other tasks, a participant is more likely to follow through another habit that can help or add to their current habits.