Simple Steps to Add 14 Years to Your Life

Adding Extra Years to Your Life Can be as Simple as Four Steps

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Although everyone desires a long, healthy life, not everyone is sure exactly how to go about achieving such longevity. Maintaining good health throughout life can be complex, challenging, and at times, confusing. What should we do to increase longevity? Should we walk? Should we eat more protein? Should we do yoga? Drink wine?

There are thousands of pieces of advice. Luckily, research has shown that you only need to do four common sense things to live 14 years longer than people who don't employ these four healthy behaviors.

The even better news is that these four things will not only help you live longer, but make you feel more energetic, get better sleep, and be in a better mood.

Don't Smoke

Refraining from lighting up is by far the number one habit to adopt when it comes to longevity. If you avoid or quit smoking, you'll get 80% of the benefit of those 14 years. Get started today and quit for good. It is a good idea to avoid second-hand smoke as well, as it can also be harmful. 

Eat 5 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables

Be sure that you are getting five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Start by adding two servings a week until you get there. A glass of vegetable juice and an apple for a snack is a good beginning. You could also double your veggie portion at dinner. Fill up on fruits and vegetables and you may even find yourself eating less junk food and losing weight along the way.

Drink Alcohol, Just in Moderation

Contrary to what you may think, the consumption of alcohol is permitted, even encouraged.

Drinking between 7 and 14 servings of alcohol a week was one of the behaviors studied. This amounts to a glass of wine or one drink a day. Research shows that red wine may carry the most overall longevity impact. Make a habit of having a glass of wine to unwind, or with dinner. Just be certain not to overindulge, as more than 14 drinks a week can negatively impact your overall longevity.


Exercise is an extremely important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding being inactive is important for living longer and feeling good in the present. Be sure that you make your days as active as possible. If your job requires a lot of sitting, be sure to stand up at work, go for walks during lunch, and be sure to work up a sweat at least 3 separate times a week.