A fountain of youth or a magical potion to turn back the hands of time would be nice—but unfortunately such things only exist in science fiction. On the contrary, real science tells us that it’s our everyday habits that help protect our youth and extend our lifespan. Although there is no magic bullet or pill to preserve your youth, certain habits can help preserve your health and vitality as you age.
Start your healthy aging plan today with these tried and true lifestyle habits:
Eat well: When it comes to healthy aging, focus on eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.
Make it a habit: Make sure there’s at least one fruit or veggie on your plate at every meal.
Move: Physical activity cannot only help you live longer, but it also provides instant health benefits like improved mood and sleep. What kind of fitness is best? Anything that gets your heart rate up and is something that you enjoy.
Make it a habit: Aim for 30 minutes of daily activity—do something you enjoy like a walk in nature or a bike ride.
Drink in moderation and don’t smoke: Drinking moderately means no more than one alcoholic drink a day for women and no more than two for men. When it comes to smoking, make every effort to quit, as it’s one of the worst things you can do for your health.
Make it a habit: Commit to quitting tobacco and don’t get discouraged if you fail a few times. Some research shows that it takes an average of seven attempts to ditch the tobacco habit for good.