And the British newspaper “Express” spoke with health expert Dr. Martin Miner in this regard, where he identified 6 healthy habits necessary to prolong life. These habits are:
1 – Listen to your body
Dr. Miner stressed the importance of “realizing that your body is communicating with you.”
“Observing your body and your emotion can let you know if you have a problem,” he explained.
“This monitoring of your body will also help you control feelings of sadness and lead a healthy lifestyle, which are things that help extend life and prevent disease,” Miner added.
2- See your doctor regularly:
“It’s important to go to the doctor when you’re not sick,” Miner says.
He added: “This may be surprising to some, but periodic monitoring of your health without feeling tired is one of the most important life-prolonging habits, because it helps you discover problems early or even before they start.”
3- Eat fewer calories:
Dr. Miner advised people to eat “fewer calories,” noting that being overweight causes serious diseases and significantly reduces life expectancy.
“The fuel you choose to fill your body should be full of nutrients, vitamins, and fluids rather than fats and processed foods,” he added.
4- Doing exercise:
The health expert pointed out the importance of exercising continuously, not intermittently.
“Regular exercise significantly reduces the risk of diseases such as heart disease and cancer,” Miner said.
He added that regular exercise also helps you “maintain your ability to move for longer.”
“Exercise reduces stress, improves sleep, improves skin and bone health, and improves mood,” he explained.
5- Reduce your stress levels:
Dr. Miner emphasized that stress reduction should be taken seriously.
He said, “The effects of psychological stress on the body are wide, ranging from premature aging and the appearance of wrinkles to an increased risk of heart disease.”
“Paying attention to being happy and keeping your stress levels low goes a long way in helping you live well and extend your life,” he added.
6 – Invest in your relationships:
“This has become more important than ever in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and a lot of people slipping into isolation,” Miner said.
“Studies show that meaningful relationships and a strong social network improve mental and physical health and extend life. If you don’t currently have an active social life, look for opportunities to reconnect with old friends or make new ones.”
Dr. Miner concluded: “Being healthy with age does not mean trying to look like you are in your 20s. It is about living your best life and having the physical and mental health that you can enjoy.”