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4 Ways to Live Better and Longer

Published in Wellness & Rejuvenation.

Everyone wants to have a longer, healthier and happier life. Woody Allen once said, "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."

So what’s the secret?

1. Find Your Tribe
The world’s longest-lived people were born into or chose communities that support healthy behaviors. A strong network of friends that are at a comparable life stage and share similar goals and aspirations is vital to living a better life.

2. Challenge Yourself Every Day
Just because you have experience doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new. Studies show that picking up new hobbies and seeking new adventures leads to a more fruitful life. Learning a foreign language, joining a club or just making a point to get outside your comfort zone each day leads to new experiences and a lot of fun.

3. Train Smart
Baby Boomers should still do aerobic exercises and strength training, but there’s so much more people over 50 can do to stay active. Stretching exercises, core workouts and balance training can all be used to keep Boomers productive for sports like tennis and golf or just feeling good in a pair of pants.

4. Get Bed Smart
Studies show sleep problems like insomnia, frequent waking at night and sleepiness during the day increase with age. The ideal bedroom setting can contribute to a good night’s sleep. Bed smart can also mean something a little different: a healthy sex life. Research overwhelmingly shows that a healthy sex life lowers stress levels, burns calories and even reduces the risk of certain types of cancer. Sex also improves immunity and helps promote a good night’s sleep.