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article imageTen Fun Ways To Live Longer

By Janice Ambrose     Aug 7, 2007 in Health
Does a good long life have to mean regular visits to the gym, walking to absolutely no where on a treadmill. We all know exercising the stomach muscles not only keeps tummies flat but strengthens the back too. But not all of us are cut out for the gym.
According to Mark Stibich, Ph.D - ageing can be fun.
One or two glasses of red wine a day can help keep our bodies young, as red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that works to keep our bodies from ageing.
A good quality dark chocolate not only tastes great, but contains antioxidants that also keep our bodies from ageing, and may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, while at the same time providing an energy boost.
Smiling can change our attitude and outlook on life, and like relaxation, tricks our bodies into believing everything is good, thereby relieving stress. It's like a switch. Switch on a smile and soon you will be smiling for real.
Sex and touching are an essential part of good health. Sex releases an assortment of chemicals beneficial to our bodies. Some say frequent sex can extend our life span by years.
Stress causes harmful effects to our health, while relaxation, the opposite of stress, helps our bodies to rest, heal and function better. Training yourself to turn off stress and replace it with calm energy improves blood pressure, heart rate and helps you to cope with everyday challenges.
Exercise can be fun. Find a group game that suits your level of activity and play it often. Easy exercise is good for flexibility, endurance and strength. Group games also give the mind a workout too, as you anticipate other peoples actions.
Sleep, a necessity we all need, but often do not get enough of, is essential to good health. The health benefits of a good nights sleep allows for more energy and a better immune system.
Relationships are an important part to good health. Good bonds with other people mean you will have help when needed. Good relationships also mean protection from loneliness, depression and mental illness.
Puzzles and mind games are a good way of staying involved and engaged with the world. Games exercise different parts of the mind and arouses curiosity. They are also social.
A positive attitude can add as much as seven years to the lifespan. Embrace your age. Try not to regret each passing year and instead embrace your age. With age comes wisdom, experience and more control of your life.
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