It’s never too late to start adopting new habits to make your life better. When you consciously make changes in the things you do, then you can better protect yourself from developing serious physical and mental health problems. We all want to live longer, and some habits can help accomplish just that.

Taking action to start a new habit can take time. However, if you stay patient, focused, and motivated, then you can see the positive effects of your efforts. But what kinds of habits must you adopt in your life so that you’ll be able to enjoy this longer? Here are some suggestions below.

1.    Get your annual check-up from one doctor every year.

To maintain good health, it’s important that you undergo a physical checkup every year. This is not just a preventive health measure but it also reinforces a healthier lifestyle. After all, you have a responsibility to your family and loved ones to take good care of your health.

Visiting your doctor annually will also foster a good and positive relationship with your health provider. But according to a study from the experts at the University of Exeter, you should consistently see just one doctor instead of several doctors for your annual medical examinations. This way, you can receive individualized and specific guidance about your health based on your medical history, especially if you are considered a high-risk patient.

You could be high risk if:

  • You smoke and drink alcohol regularly
  • You’re overweight or obese
  • You have a history of chronic diseases in the family
  • You’re a sexually active woman
  • You’re over 50 years old

2.    Start wearing more comfortable shoes.

It might be time to consider scaling back on those stilettos and high heels if you’d like to live longer. Though such footwear may make you look fashionable and stylish, switching to comfortable flat shoes will allow you to control your physical activities better.

  • If you’re used to wearing comfortable shoes, you will be able to walk 10,000 steps each day without breaking your back or causing pain in your feet and legs.
  • Walking these many steps daily satisfies the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do at least 150 minutes of moderate workouts every week.
  • There’s plenty to gain from walking because this can cut your risk for stroke by 20 percent.
  • It can also aid in your weight loss efforts so you won’t develop diseases caused by excessive weight.

3.    Gain more sleep, especially during weekends.

You’ll live longer if you give your body enough time to rest, recuperate, and recharge. You can do this by sleeping longer or sleeping in during the weekends. Time and again, experts have associated better health to longer sleep hours. But with so many things to do, most people are actually sleep-deprived and don’t realize it.

  • If you’re always feeling tired, or out of focus, or getting sick, then it’s best to listen to the cues that your body tells you.
  • Perhaps it’s time to develop a proper bedtime routine and better sleeping habits.
  • You don’t necessarily have to have nine hours of sleep every night.
  • Some people can regularly sleep for fewer hours, but make sure the quality of your sleep is optimal and uninterrupted.

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