THE life expectancy in England has risen 10 years for men since 1960 and eight years for women so it seems we are getting better at living longer, but how can we stay looking young and remain healthy for as long as possible?
Change your mealtimes
Some say the key to a longer, healthier life is constant change and avoiding routine as the brain thrives on uncertainty. The disruption stimulates body and mind and may help to ward off aging and disability as when brain cells are stimulated, they function better and last longer.
Avoid old lady clothes
No one wants to look like mutton dressed as lamb, but equally, dressing younger can help you look and, more importantly, feel younger. If you resist the temptation to behave in a certain way and refuse to assume certain stereotypes merely because you are old, it can improve your quality of life.
Researchers have found that eating antioxidant foods such as berries and tomatoes can reduce the damage caused by free radical molecules in the blood that are linked to ageing.
Work standing up
Too many of us live very sedentary lifestyles and now a number of employers are introducing desks for workers to be able to stand up at. Being able to move around isn’t just good from a physical perspective, it’s also good for your emotional well-being.
However, a senior lecturer in the Institute of Aging and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool believes everyone must find their balance between a healthy lifestyle and the pleasures from indulging in the occasional unhealthy habits as being happy can ultimately help you live a longer and healthier life.