These Eight Activities Can Add Years To Your Life, Says American Heart Association
Everyone wants to live a long, healthy, and happy life. The problem, though, is that the ways to achieve that aren’t always clear. Thankfully, the American Heart Association (AHA) has provided insight for how to add longevity to your life with just eight key activities.
It’s called Life’s Essential 8, and according to AHA it can add six years to one’s life. The eight components, seen here on the official AHA website, are as follows:
- Eat Better
- Be More Active
- Quit Tobacco
- Get Healthy Sleep
- Manage Weight
- Control Cholesterol
- Manage Blood Sugar
- Manage Blood Pressure
Some of these are fairly obvious. Everybody knows that your diet is a major component when it comes to your overall health. But what exactly should you eat to add years to your life? The American Heart Association recommends a well-balanced diet of whole foods, veggies, nuts and lean proteins.
When it comes to exercise, the AHA recommends two and a half hours of moderate physical activity a week for adults. This can include weightlifting, cardio exercises, yoga, and similar activities.
Quitting tobacco is a straightforward task on its surface, but tobacco addiction can be hard to break free from. But with the AHA claiming that one year after quitting tobacco can lower your risk of heart disease by half, the results speak for themselves.
Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is a bit trickier for most people, as external factors beyond their control can affect the amount of sleep they can achieve. But getting enough sleep on a consistent basis can help improve brain activity and reduces the risk of chronic illness.
The last four factors of Life’s Essential 8 are things that you should consult with a medical professional, as they can provide helpful information relating to your overall physical health. It’s important to keep your weight, cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels monitored fairly frequently every year.
In this news release by the American Heart Association, study author Nour Makarem, Ph.D. details the overall benefits of following these eight guidelines.
“Greater adherence to all Life’s Essential 8 metrics and improving your cardiovascular health can slow down your body’s aging process and have a lot of benefits down the line,” said Makarem. “Reduced biologic aging is not just associated with lower risk of chronic disease such as heart disease, it is also associated with longer life and lower risk of death.”
By adding these small tweaks to your routine, combined with regular check-ups with your doctor, you can greatly increase your quality of life and even expand it!
Visit heart.org for more information.