Living Life to The Fullest

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Living Life to The Fullest. A woman being pushed in a wheelchair at the park with her arms open wide and a smile on her face.

In most cases, you are only as old as you feel. Many people are kids at heart, even in their eighties. Interestingly, one study shows that those who feel younger than they really are, live longer.  

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine published a study about people who feel younger than their actual age having reduced mortality rates. This study included 6,500 participants with an average age of 65.8 years. Some researchers analyzed the survival rates of the participants over an eight-year follow-up period. Individuals who felt younger than their actual age had a 13% increase in survival rate over those who feel older, as well as a 5% increase over those who feel their true age.

Why is this? Those who feel younger tend to live a healthier lifestyle, endure less stress, and listen to the medical advice they are provided. As adults, we too often stop doing all the “fun things” our body tells us to do. Instead, we replace the fun things with work, stress, and to-do lists. We must schedule exercise in our busy routines, just to get it done. Choose movement throughout the day. Try a few fun things such as walking, swimming, biking, gardening, and more.

Be like a kid! Do the things you enjoy. Exercise is the best medicine.

Source:

  1. Rippon I, Steptoe A. Feeling old vs being old: associations between self-perceived age and mortality. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2015; 175 (2): 307-309.
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