Tiny Tweaks To Help You Live Longer

Move, love, eat, chill, and sleep. Boom! You're going to live to 100! 

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Get your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes – Exercise can help fight inflammation and benefits telomeres, too. Research shows moderate cardio and high-intensity interval training are best, but the important thing is to get moving.

Kiss your partner goodbye – It’s good for your relationship, lowers stress levels and can help your kids, too. According to one study, kids who see their parents showing affection might have longer telomeres.

If you’re hungry post-workout, eat! – Just go for fuel, not a reward. So fruit or nuts instead of a muffin. Blackburn says someone with a waistline wider than her hips has a 40% higher risk for telomere shortening in the next five years.

Reframe your stress – Blackburn and Epel’s research shows that those who see a stressful task as a challenge instead of a threat had longer telomeres. So remind yourself, “I’ve got this.”

Get your omega-3 fatty acids – Have some salmon or tuna for dinner, they’re both rich in omega-3s and research has shown that the more of them you eat, the less your telomeres will decline.

Lights out – Go to bed earlier and turn off your devices to avoid sleep-disrupting blue light. Research shows a link between rejuvenating sleep and longer telomeres - but you need at least seven hours to get that.

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