We all know that eating well, sleeping well and exercising are the best ways to improve our health and life expectancy, but it may surprise you to know that there are other, more fun things you can do alongside these healthy living practices to keep yourself fit, healthy and happy. Read on for our top three tips on improving your life expectancy. Through doing these three things, not only will you increase your chances of living for longer, but you'll also make the life you're living now much more enjoyable!
It may sound too good to be true, but going on holiday is actually good for your health and can increase your chances of longevity. According to the Framingham Heart Study, women who go on holiday every six years or less are eight times more likely to develop heart disease or have a heart attack than those who go on holiday twice a year, and further research has shown that it's a similar story for men. Don't think that going on holiday has to mean expensive trips abroad; a couple of short breaks each year in the UK will have the same soothing effect as a longer trip somewhere exotic.
There's a reason why every year so many people abandon their New Year's resolution to get fit: the gym is many things, but it's certainly not fun or inspiring to sweat away in silence (except the occasional wheeze or groan) alongside similarly pained strangers. It's been shown time and time again that you're more likely to stick to an exercise routine if you're doing something that you really enjoy, so why not take up something you've always wanted to try, like a type of dance, martial art or even ultimate frisbee? Taking up a team sport or something that you can do with others is also a great chance to meet people and socialise – something that is also very important for an individual's health and wellbeing.
Even the healthiest, most active people can fall ill, and while you unfortunately can't always prevent it from happening, you can insure your health. Taking out a health insurance policy is a great way to ensure that if anything does happen to you or a member of your family, you'll be treated as quickly as possible and gain fast access to diagnosis and the latest treatments.