1. Drink a cup of coffee
If you already enjoy a cup of coffee (or two), you’re on the right track.
While coffee gets a bad rap, there’s plenty of research to support its benefits. In fact, one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that consuming coffee daily can extend life.
“Caffeine consumption is also associated with a reduced risk of diabetes,” adds Tik Pau, MD, Gwinnett Medical Centre-affiliated physician, primary care provider with GMG’s Bostock Family Medicine.
And while you’re at it, this is the secret to the perfect cup of coffee.
2. Get your heart rate up
While you know how important exercise is to your health, you might have trouble getting in the recommended 30 minutes at least four times a week.
In that case, sneaking in just ten minutes of a heart-pumping workout a few times a day can also be effective.
“Getting your heart pumping, blood flowing and muscles firing for even short periods of exercise is better than no exercise at all,” says Daniel Cavallo, DO, family and sports medicine physician and medical director, CityMD.
Here’s how to overcome exercise excuses and stay motivated.
If you’ve yet to adopt a meditation practice, it’s time to start – even if it’s just for five to ten minutes of your day.
“Meditation is important for relieving stress and is known to increase the length of telomeres, cell markers for longevity,” explains Kien Vuu, MD, US-based interventional oncologist radiologist.
“Meditation is also known to activate genes to lower inflammation and increase immunity.”
Want to know how to teach yourself to meditate and beat stress? Here’s how those 12 boys stuck in a cave in northern Thailand managed it.