Longevity is not just about living longer but living well. Although science and medicine have extended life expectancy there is much more to achieve than just years. Dr Peter Attia has dedicated his career to understanding the science behind ageing and finding practical ways to slow down the process. His latest book “Outlive: The Science & Art Of Longevity” (N.1 New York Times bestseller) is a great place to start if we want to find a healthy balance in our lives.
He emphasizes the importance of taking a proactive and preventative approach to longevity rather than waiting until we experience health problems to make changes because ageing and longevity are far more shapeable than we think.
By adopting certain specific researched lifestyle changes and habits, Dr Attia believes that individuals can dramatically improve their overall health and increase their chances of living a longer life with much better quality. From dietary modifications to exercise routines, his advice encompasses a holistic approach to longevity. And guess what? Losing weight won’t necessarily help you live longer, and the best predictors of a long and healthy life are mobility, strength and balance.
According to Dr Attia, nutrition for longevity “boils down to a few basic rules: don’t eat too many calories, or too few; consume sufficient protein and essential fats; get the vitamins and minerals you need; and avoid pathogens like E. coli and toxins like mercury or lead.”
To our overall well-being, especially as we age, sleeping well is critical. Amongst his top tips to give our bodies and minds a rest are cutting the coffee after 2 pm, getting sunlight in the morning, exercising, and going to bed early. Most of us, midlife women, aren’t getting enough sleep, and that’s a real shame. He also recommends engaging in mental activities such as puzzles, reading and learning new skills like learning a new language.
Some of you may feel that we’ve heard this already or that it’s too late to start now. Wrong! If you follow CrunchyTales you’ll know that it’s never too late to do anything. So, go on, we encourage you to read this book at any age and you’ll find that there will be a little piece of advice that could just alter the rest of your life in more ways than you think.