How to Increase Life Expectancy: 10 Simple Steps

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Get Daily Exercise

Improvements in life expectancy are strongly linked to daily exercise. A comprehensive review of studies in the Journal of Aging Research showed that people who exercise regularly—even for as little as three hours a week—lived up to 6.9 years longer than those who didn’t.

Habit-building is the key to success. The easiest way to build a habit is to commit to daily workouts even if it’s just for 20 minutes. If you do, you may skip a day but are more likely to get back on track immediately.

If you exercise three days a week and miss one workout, you may go four to five days without exercising and eventually give up.

For life expectancy, it is more important to exercise consistently year after year than to have fits and starts of intense exercise followed by periods of no exercise.

Remember that daily exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym every day. Home exercises such as yoga, stretching, free weights, swimming or brisk walking can be incredibly beneficial, especially if you are older.