5 Ways to Add Years to Your Life

By Allison Granell, Menís Health

1. Next Time You’re Asked “Soup or Salad?” Order the Salad

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Italian researchers found that eating as little as 1 cup of raw vegetables daily can add 2 years to your life. Why raw? Cooking can deplete up to 30 percent of the antioxidants in vegetables.

To eat your quota, fill a ziplock sandwich bag with chopped red and green peppers, broccoli, and carrots. Toss the bag into your briefcase, along with a packet of dressing–the fat will boost your body’s absorption of certain nutrients.

Try these 8 super salads loaded with disease-fighting foods.

2. Learn the Law of Lard: The Fat You Carry Today Could Kill You Tomorrow

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University of Alabama researchers discovered that maintaining a body-mass index of 25 to 35 can shorten your life by up to 3 years. (Excess body fat raises your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and colon cancer.)

If you’re allergic to exercise, sweat with your significant other. A Duke University study shows that sedentary men are 50 percent more likely to work out three times a week if their partners participate.

8 Ways to cut the fat from your diet, without even realizing it.

3. Crack Open a Fresh Can of Nuts and Extend Your Expiration Date

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When Loma Linda University researchers tracked the lifestyle habits of 34,000 Seventh-Day Adventists–a population famous for its longevity–they discovered that those who munched nuts 5 days a week, earned an extra 2.9 years on the planet.

Pick up the Planters NUT-rition Heart Healthy Mix: It contains all five key nuts, including walnuts, which are usually left out of nut mixes. Aim to eat 2 ounces a day.

The 10 best foods to eat for a longer life.

4. Never Forget that Your Friends Have Your Back–Even When It’s Hunched Over from Osteoporosis

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In a study of seventysomethings, Australian researchers found that those with the largest network of friends had the longest lease on life. For the average man, this could add up to 7 additional years of existence.

Yes, some buddies may encourage risky behavior from time to time, but friendship ultimately provides more protection than peril. So try to learn a few new faces at work, trade lifting tips at the gym, or simply say “hey” to that neighbor you’ve never met. You can all thank each other later.

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5. Repeat After Us: “There is Life After Retirement”

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Or at least that’s what you’d better believe if you want to live that long. In a Yale University study of older adults, people with a positive outlook on the aging process lived more than 7 years longer than those who felt doomed to deteriorating mental and physical health.

Already envisioning decades of decrepitude? Volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about: Selfless actions can put a positive spin on life and distract from unhealthy obsessing, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago


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jane richmond4 years ago


Ira M.
Ira M.4 years ago

Thank you!

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec4 years ago

Great ideas! Thanks!

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun4 years ago

thanks for the great article

Sylvia R.
Sylvia R.4 years ago

Very informative, thanks!

Arthur Goh
Arthur Goh4 years ago

It's not only how long one lives, but how well one lives.

I don't want to be living like goat and die like an old horse. As human I want to live like one. I want to eat everything HE created for us but I know I must eat them in moderation. Part of living is being active. So we need to exercise diligently. That's a must to stay fit, healthy and keeping our metabolism at peak, then eat some more.

You only live once...live a quality life and live it to the fullest! Too mush restrictions are just unnecessary stress.

I'm 63, my metabolic age is 45. I'm a gym grunter and a golf fanatic. Never spent a dime for health service for as long as I know. I don't care if I live to a 100. But right now I want eat everything under the sun (except rocks and metals) and still be happily healthy.

Jean Smith
Jean Smith4 years ago

Great tips, thank you!

Zee Kallah
.4 years ago

I don't want any extra years.

I'll put in my time but I want to go home.

I remember.