Top 10 Longevity Habits: Physical activity and optimism are in the top three!
People addicted to listening to music live longer than their peers who prefer silence. This is the truth according to British scientist Patrick Fagan from Goldsmiths University in London. He claims that regularly listening to music associated with pleasant sensations is among the habits that prolong life. In his study of concertgoers, psychometric and cardiac tests were.
“Our research demonstrates the profound effects of listening to music on feelings of health, happiness and well-being. We found that 20 minutes of listening to pleasant tunes a day increases a person’s sense of well-being by 21%, and this has an extremely positive effect on the cardiovascular system,’ says Fagan.
Another British study assures that the highest life expectancy – an average of 84.7 years – is in Hong Kong. Analyzing the lifestyle of the population in the region, the scientists found that the residents of the administrative region in China (about 7.5 million) are passionate about listening to music. This turns out to be an extremely healthy habit.
The optimism another common trait of people who live long, researchers from the American Association for the Advancement of Science claim. They analyzed the habits of people between 80 and 100 years old. Their survey was full of surprises, led by the fact that most of the respondents said they did not feel completely healthy.
Many of them are overweight, others are smokers or consume alcohol and coffee, but without abusing it. The quality that unites them all, according to scientists, is an optimistic attitude and the ability to concentrate on positive things and small pleasures and joys.
The physical activity and longevity go hand in hand, claims JAMA Internal Medicine and publishes the results of a project involving 403 thousand elderly people. Vigorous physical activities – those of high intensity that force you to breathe quickly and heavily – are most effective at extending life expectancy, experts say. They report that 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise provides the same health benefits as 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
Cycling, swimming, running, climbing stairs, aerobics – these are the recommended activities, doctors say.
More healthy habits
We feel obliged to add a few more items to the “long list”:
– Yoga and other relaxation techniques;
– Longer time in nature;
– Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables;
– Whole grains in the diet;
– No artificial food additives, preservatives and processed foods, but homemade with seasonal and fresh products;
– Minimal intake of saturated fat, salt and sugar;
– No stagnation in one place and monotonous activities – change of environment, travel, different experiences bring color to life and make it more interesting.