Your Choice to Live Longer

It doesn’t matter if you’re the most fit or unhealthiest human being in the world, one thing is certain, we are all going to die one day.

According to the Holy Bible, in the Book of Genesis, the oldest to live during those times was a man named Methuselah, who was the grandfather of Noah. 

After an incredibly long run, he eventually met his maker at the wise old age of 969.

Fast forward to today: The average life span is of course a lot shorter, and it’s mainly because of unhealthy lifestyle choices, which can lead to sicknesses and disease. Though our human understanding of immortality may deem it to be impractical, adding more years to our lives is in fact doable.

Perhaps taking a different approach to achieving a healthier way of life could provide some of the answers needed to add more years to your life.

Here are a few points you may want to consider.

Adopt a New Mindset

 
State of mind
 

The first thing worth thinking about is changing your state of mind. All things begin in your mind and often manifest outward.

In metaphysics, our state of mind, or mindset, is said to have a very significant influence on the things we attract in our life.

Maybe there’s some truth to this after all, given that some of the healthiest and “in shape” individuals routinely demonstrate a passion for eating clean and working out to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Conversely, it comes as no surprise to see how other people who are taking the unhealthy approach appear less enthusiastic and serious about their state of health and well-being. This validates the idea that any positive shift in your mindset is necessary to begin the process of leading a healthier lifestyle.

Otherwise, all bets are off as you will likely become more vulnerable to getting such illnesses as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and an increasing possibility for an early quietus.

Eat Healthier

In almost every conversation I have with people seeking advice on how to lose weight, food is the main topic of discussion. I’m almost guaranteed to get hit with the line,

Well I want to lose weight, but I just really love to eat.
— Askhole

Although it’s a bit of an oxymoron, I empathize knowing that it’s a common truth held by many.

In fact, I believe in the psychological theory connecting adult eating habits to certain stages of childhood. However, moving forward, the conscious effort to acquiring good health falls in the hands of the individual and not their parents.

 
Healthy Eating
 

It’s wise to contemplate a lifestyle that’s going to have the greatest overall physiological impact on your body. Any well-balanced diet will support feelings of vitality and happiness, whereas the opposite is affixed to feelings of lethargy and insecurity.

You’ll exceed your expectations by consuming a wider selection of whole foods high in nutritional value, healthy fats, lean protein and fiber. 

Replace the Sedentary Lifestyle

Lastly, it’s also worth pointing out that by breaking that sedentary lifestyle and progressively implementing one with increased physical activity is highly beneficial for many reasons.

For example, you’ll help strengthen your bones and muscles, reduce the risks for Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels),

 

 
Diabetes
 

promote burning fat as fuel, and even encourage your body to increase its production of endorphins.

In fact, there are various studies that support the interconnection between increased endorphins in the body and the sensational feeling of euphoria, which often gets overlooked. 

Vigorous physical activity is great in the quest to add more years to your life. But for others, small, consistent steps can also make a difference in leading a healthy lifestyle. 

The American Heart Association encourages a minimum 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. This also includes light to moderate resistance training as well. 

 

The Choice is Yours

 
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” 
— Mahatma Gandhi
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Even back then Gandhi understood the true significance of living in good health.

Today, we’re too accustomed to simply living for the short-term enjoyments with no regard to any negative ramifications resurfacing later in life.

Perhaps sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices could explain why globally an estimated 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.

But let the truth be told, this number could drastically be reduced if more people began making a conscious effort toward better lifestyle choices.

It’s unlikely we’ll get to live past Enoch’s wise age of 365 years old, however, we do stand a chance at outliving the unhealthiest version of ourselves.

So, remember the choice is yours, choose well.