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6 Commonly Overlooked Things to Check Before Relocating

6 Commonly Overlooked Things to Check Before Relocating

Whether for work, school, family or adventure, there are many reasons people decide to move to a new city. Humans live today with a desire and/or motive to relocate, not knowing how good they have it; for the majority of history, we lacked the technology for feasible travel.

With nothing more than our two feet to carry us, most folks were born, lived, worked and died all within a very small geographic area, perhaps no bigger than 20 miles. In short, take advantage of any and all opportunities to explore new places.

The major factors to consider when moving to a new city have already been covered in a previous Lifehack post – things like cost of living, crime and climate. We assume readers are already taking these elements of relocation into account. This article is concerned with additional factors most people overlook, especially first-time long distance movers.

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ISP Options

Few folks today can live without good internet access. Yet how many people think to check out the available home internet providers in a given city?

The ISP available in one region may not be operating in another. Furthermore, some ISPs are better than others, so checking before moving is vital for getting the best service possible upon arrival.

Transit

Is there a comprehensive mass transit system in the new city? How easy or hard is it to drive an automobile there? Again, we have a situation where every urban core is going to be a little different.

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Folks used to a city with a vast array of commuter trains, may move to a new place only to discover, the so-called mass transit system has fewer stops than a disposable camera. It pays to know in advance. Who wants to show up late on their first day of work in a new city?

Pet Laws

Roughly one out of three Americans own a pet. Animal ownership laws and regulations vary greatly from city to city, state to state. California, for example, has relatively tight animal welfare laws and registration requirements compared to neighboring states.

Nobody wants to move cross country only to discover their beloved pooch is an outlawed breed.

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Culture Clash

Local cultures vary wildly. This is true even without leaving a country, as the various cultures within the US would indicate. While part of moving somewhere new is appreciating the subtle albeit noticeable differences in ways of life, not every city is for everyone.

Doing some light research (usually not drifting far from Wikipedia) can reveal the prevailing cultural attitudes of a particular region and give clues as to whether or not it sounds like an enjoyable atmosphere from your point of view.

Corruption

Readers may think government corruption is ubiquitous and to some degree this is true. However, some governments are markedly more corrupt than others, especially certain cities.

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Considering “all politics is local ” the potential effect of corruption a city’s government can have on the average citizen is profound.  Therefore it’s imperative to look into whether or not a particular city is known for public corruption, or whether its elected officials have a reputation for playing on the level.

Signs of Success

In addition to levels of corruption, there are other signs of a city’s potential. Recent reporting conducted by a traveling pair of writers for The Atlantic, concludes that there are 11 signs a city will succeed. Among them, high frequency of private-public partnerships, clearly identifiable “local patriots” and close proximity to one or more research universities. If a city calling to you is lacking in most of these elements, it might be worth looking for another place to move.

Most of us know how to look into cost of living, crime, real estate prices and so forth, before moving to a new place. However, there are a few other things to consider before deciding to relocate.

Whether it’s the quality of the local internet access, transportation logistics, laws, culture or civic integrity, these aspects of another city are worth considering prior to making it your new home.

Featured photo credit: Wikipedia via upload.wikimedia.org

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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