Healthy living habits to improve your life expectancy

Did you know the life expectancy of Australians has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic?

A new study has found Australian life expectancy has increased more than any other country throughout 2020.

A team from the Australian National University (ANU) took part in a study comparing relative the life expectancy across countries before and after the pandemic.

The study found that the average life expectancy for Australians increased between 2019 and 2020 by 0.7 years for females and males.

Changes to your daily routine can be taken to improve your health and ultimately increase life expectancy.

By simply going outside you can increase your life expectancy through exposing your skin to the sunlight triggering cells in your skin to produce vitamin D.

Vitamin D is essential for bone health and plays important role in regulating mood and decreasing depression.

Regular exercise also plays a crucial role in increasing life expectancy. Daily exercise not only has physical benefits but also psychological benefits, such as increased energy levels and improved quality of sleep.

It is recommended that you do 30 minutes of exercise a day, this could include walking, running, swimming, dancing, or anything that gets your body moving.

In addition, a healthy diet is essential for good health and nutrition. Eating healthy will help protect your body against diseases such as, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Eating a variety of foods and living a balanced lifestyle are all factors that can contribute to increasing your life expectancy.

Through spending time with friends and family can have a positive impact in your health. Having positive relationships will contribute to your overall mental health which can help increase life expectancy.

Mediating is a great way to overcome stress, by learning how to meditate, you can calm your body and mind. Meditation is great for mental health, concentration and ultimately in proving your quality of life by improving your long-term health.

Finally, going for regular health checks and screenings can add healthy years on to your life.

Medical tests and screenings can detect diseases allowing for early intervention treatment. Regular health check ups can extend life expectancy even with an illness or disease.

By looking after both your mental and physical health, through maintaining a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise you help improve your life expectancy and more importantly your quality of life.

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