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15 Signs that You’re Going to Live A Long Happy Life

15 Signs that You’re Going to Live A Long Happy Life

Life can be a challenge, yet we try to make the best of it. Trying to be happy is one thing. But what about living a long life because of that. Who doesn’t want a long and happy life? Are you living your life to the fullest? Here are 15 amazing signs that you are living a long and happy life!

1. You exercise

Regular exercise is good to keep up your health. Running and other exercises can improve your life span and your health. What exercise you do depends on your age and other personal factors.

2. You get plenty of rest

Surely we all like to sleep. Studies show that sleep is important for good health. For adults it is encouraged to sleep about 8 hours a night.

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3. You eat healthy

Food is important for a good life. What you eat, influences the way your body looks on the outside and feels on the inside. Some foods are proven to help you live a happy and long life.

4. You eat in moderation

Overeating is a big problem for many people. Portion sizes have gotten bigger and people eat until all the food is finished. Eating too much is bad for your body and has been linked to obesity. If you eat until you feel reasonably full, your body will thank you. And if you like to drink, also do it in moderation to have a long life.

5. You manage stress well

Life is busy and stress is not avoidable. Low self-esteem can cause stress and it can make you more vulnerable for disease. Having a clear list or schedule can help you oversee things and manage stress. Less stress, happier you.

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6. You take time to relax

Rest and relaxation can make you feel calm and happy. You can take a nap, read a book, take a bath, or meditate. Meditating helps with anxiety, depression, pain and stress. Feeling calm lengthens your life and happiness.

7. You laugh

Laughing is an expression of happiness, but it also has a lot of health benefits. It can help prevent depression, heart disease and releases endorphins which makes you deal with pain better. Also, laughter can help you heal quicker, or help medicine work better. Laughter has short and long term benefits, like stress relief. So if you laugh a lot, it will help you live longer, and of course, happier.

8. You have close relationships

Having a happy marriage can help you live longer and healthier. Having sex with your partner can also add years to your life, according to this study. If you are not married, being part of a social group can help you recover quicker. Any kind of close relationship can help you live a long and healthy life.

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9. You have a good attitude

It may not seem important, but being positive in your daily life is essential to live a long life. Studies show that feelings such as gratitude and forgiveness can make you live longer and happier. Also, if you get older, having a positive attitude can add up to 7 years!

10. You take care of your personal hygiene

There are many ways to take care of yourself. Simply washing your hands, brushing and flossing your teeth, and taking a shower regularly. By doing so, you reduce the risk of spreading diseases.

11. You have children

When you have kids, you usually would think you get old quicker. The opposite is true! Studies have shown that people with children live longer. And the more children, the more years are added!

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12. You help others

Being selfless by helping out people who need it, is a great way to live a long and happy life. Volunteering is shown to be a great way to live longer.

13. You have a reason to wake up every day

People who wake up motivated, knowing why they are alive, are more likely to live long. Having a purpose in life contributes to a long, happy life.

14. You drink tea and/or coffee

Tea and coffee are, after water, the most consumed drinks in the United States. They are a source of caffeine and antioxidants. A study has found that moderate consumption of these drinks can lengthen your life. Especially green tea is shown to be great for your health.

15. You own a dog

In a study about pet owning and longevity, Dr. Thomas Lee stated that ‘people with dogs have better health’. Dogs make sure you exercise more, because you need to walk them every day. Also, dogs can reduce stress and loneliness.

Featured photo credit: Above view of cheerful young woman raising her hands and standing in water via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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