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Here are 5 ways to increase your lifespan

A new Harvard Study reveals the fountain of youth

By ELLE team  June 19th, 2018

Well, since we haven’t found the philosopher’s stone yet why not try these simple habits that are now proven to increase your lifespan. A new study conducted by the Harvard University reveal five healthy habits we can develop to add more than ten years to your average life expectancy.

Most of them are the basic rules that we’ve heard several times before. Be it having a balanced diet to not smoking. Since now these sayings are not coming from paranoid parents or relatives but are based on quantified facts, we just can’t ignore them any more. The study claims that these healthy habits can gain up to 14 years of life for women and 12 years for men.

According to the study: For participants who didn’t adopt any of the low-risk lifestyle factors (see gallery below), the researchers estimated that life expectancy at age 50 was 29 years for women and 25.5 years for men. But for those who adopted all five low-risk factors, life expectancy at age 50 was projected to be 43.1 years for women and 37.6 years for men. In other words, women who maintained all five healthy habits gained, on average, 14 years of life, and men who did so gained 12 years, compared with those who didn’t maintain healthy habits.

Take a look at the five golden life habits that’re going to get you live long, healthy and happy, provided you stick to all of them.

5 tips to increase your lifespan by more than a decade

Say no to smoking

We don’t need scientists telling us why smoking is bad. While most people associate smoking with just lung cancer, smoking causes damage to almost every organ in the body, and results in heart and blood vessels disease, strokes and cataracts. It also reduces fertility in women. So the first rule is quite simple, stop smoking if you really want to live longer.  

Maintaining a low body mass index is important

For an average adult, a BMI between 18.5-24.9 is considered healthy. If your BMI is above this range, you’re at risk of developing diabetes, heart problems and more. Why go through the trouble, just hit the gym already and lose those extra pounds you've gained allowing yourself a pizza night a little too often.    

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day

If you have made time for binge-watching your favourite Netflix series all weekend, you can certainly spare 30 minutes a day to add a couple of years to your life. Hit the gym for cardio like Bipasha Basu, or a quick fix yoga for toning up like Shilpa Shetty. A short jog down the lane will also do the trick and make your body look nine times younger

Drinking alcohol moderately is encouraged

The study says drinking can actually improve health and longevity. But that doesn't mean chugging down jugs of beers, or betting on how many shots of tequila you can shoot before passing out. The occasional glass of red wine is packed with antioxidants, can lower cholesterol and boost immunity while also preventing against heart disease. 

A healthy diet

What does a healthy diet consist of? Food that is high in antioxidants. Pretty much like the lunch boxes our mothers packed for school, your diet should include plenty of fruits, veggies like tomatoes, mushrooms, kidney beans, spinach, broccoli, kale and most things green. Oh, let’s not forget dark chocolate.