10 Things You Can Do Every Day to Live Longer

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Did you know that there are small, nearly mindless things you can do every single day to live longer? If you’re looking for a healthier, extended life (meaning more time doing the things you love), then age gracefully with these simple tips. Something as small as walking a little more or drinking more water (even sleeping!) can help improve your health and your body’s ability to fight off disease.

Slide 2 of 11: <p>Broccoli, turmeric, hibiscus tea, mushrooms, strawberries - you'd be surprised at all the <a href="http://www.popsugar.com.au/fitness/Foods-Proven-Help-You-Live-Longer-39867976">foods that can help keep you healthy</a> and add years to your life. It's also been shown that a <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Plant-Based-Diet-Weight-Loss-41831460">plant-based diet can lower both your cholesterol</a> and your risk for obesity, meaning your chances of having a longer life are much higher.</p>

Slide 3 of 11: <p>Did you know that 10 percent of all deaths are from being sedentary? <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Sitting-Kills-More-Than-Smoking-Study-Says-24048450">Sitting can be as lethal as smoking</a>. If you've got a desk job or tend to sit a lot, make sure you hone in on how much you're moving, standing, and walking. Add steps to your day - every day - and <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Which-Fitbit-Should-I-Get-42853272/">get a fitness tracker</a> if you need reminders to move.</p><p>41669098</p>

Slide 4 of 11: <p>Harvard proved that the secret to not just a longer life, but a happier one as well, was <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Relationships-Affect-Happiness-40673102">deep and meaningful relationships</a>. Nurture your relationships with friends and family, and spend some time in conversation daily.</p>

Slide 5 of 11: <p>This includes <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/E-Cigarettes-Bad-37582246">e-cigarettes</a>! The bottom line is, cigarettes are gross, nothing about them is good for you, and when you smoke, you're deliberately and intentionally shaving years off your life - and possibly the lives of those around you with secondhand smoke!</p><p>20144687</p>

Slide 6 of 11: <p>Everything in moderation, right? While we're not telling you to abstain from alcohol altogether, it's important to note that it is a toxin, and it <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Alcohol-Affects-Metabolism-41958521">taxes your body</a> when you have more than a couple drinks at a time. Plus, it can contribute to <a href="https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Alcohol-Causes-Weight-Gain-41262724">unhealthy weight gain</a>, which can shorten your lifespan. That said, <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Health-Benefits-Wine-1724088">one glass of wine each day can lower cholesterol</a>, lower chances of stroke, and can keep your bones strong.</p>

Slide 7 of 11: <p>Speaking of moderation, be sure to follow that golden rule for all aspects of life. If you've <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Hand-Guide-Portion-Control-26757600">struggled with portion control</a> in the past, dedicate some time to learn about healthy portion sizes. Also bear in mind that <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-Happens-When-You-Binge-Eat-42709253">moderation doesn't just apply to portions</a>, but <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Detox-From-Sugar-Binge-42274560/">how much sugar</a> you're having in a day, how much wine you're drinking, and even <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Physical-Effects-Overtraining-41017351">how much you're exercising</a>. There can always be too much of a good thing!</p><p>42903604</p>

Slide 8 of 11: <p>Obviously <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Effects-Dehydration-41377374">you'll die if you don't drink water</a>. But even if you're simply not drinking enough water each day, the effects can still be severe; latent effects of dehydration include brain swelling, seizures, and kidney failure. Avoid the scary side-effects by guzzling H2O all day long.</p>

Slide 9 of 11: <p>It's no secret that exercise can improve your cardiovascular health and help you live a longer life. Need some ideas? Try running - it's also been proven that <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Another-Reason-Run-Lengthens-Your-Life-1860675">runners live longer</a>.</p>

Slide 10 of 11: <p>Aside from daily exercise and some cardio work, science also shows that <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Strength-Training-Can-Help-You-Live-Longer-40685516">weight training can help you live longer</a>. You don't have to be a CrossFit champion to add years to your lifespan: start with small weights and build your way up to be strong, unstoppable, and healthy enough to live a very long life.</p>

Slide 11 of 11: <p>Another way you're potentially sabotaging your plan to live to 100? Not sleeping enough. <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-Happens-When-You-Dont-Sleep-42881759/">Lack of sleep can shorten your life</a> and increase your risk of death. Just get some zzz's, people! It's so easy to add to your daily routine, and it'll help you stick around on this planet a little longer.</p>

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