Our job is to manage your money so that it will last you for your lifetime. But how can you maximize your longevity? Take this quiz to get an estimate on your lifespan based on your lifestyle.
- Prioritize Sleep: Don’t underestimate the importance and positive impact of sleep. Make a goal of 8 hours of sleep each night. Get to sleep early, wake up early and get a jump on the day!
- Exercise & Build Muscle: Muscle mass is one of the most important predictors of longevity and speedy recoveries from injuries. Even a small amount of weekly resistance or weight training can stimulate growth hormones and increase muscle mass.
- 10,000 Steps Each Day: You’re never too busy to get moving. Resolve to take at least 1 hour of Zoom or phone calls while walking.
- Minimize Sugar: It’s simple… Sugar = poison. It causes inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and fuels cancer. Go on a 10-day sugar fast and cut it out of your diet completely for several days. It’s possible, especially if you do it alongside friends.
- Upgrade Your Community: The people you spend time with shape who you are, what you think, and what you do. Hang out with young or young-minded individuals who care about their health! Spend time with friends who are optimistic and those who actively pursue longevity.
- Do an Annual “Full-body Health Upload”: Most of us have no idea what is really going on in our bodies. Every year, completing the normal check-ups with your doctor and annual blood work is a great way to get a gauge on your body. A key to longevity is proper screening and preventative medicine.
- Drink 2-3 Liters of Water Every Day: If there’s a magic fuel source for the human body, it’s water.
- Eat a Whole-plant-based Diet: Try avoiding red meat (which can result in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes), and focus on a Mediterranean plant-based diet and fish rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Intermittent Fasting for 12+ Hours: Fasting between 7 pm and 12 noon the next day, can give extraordinary energy during the day and help you remain fit. Give it a try! (Remember: drink lots of water!)
- Monitor What You Read & Watch:
The type of media you consume directly affects your outlook on life—for better or worse. Are you reading the obituaries and news articles that stress you out? Or are you reading books that help you learn something new and stimulate your mind?
Where can you improve? What would it take?
Ultimately, science is going to continue to extend our healthy human lifespan. Our job is not to die from something senseless in the interim. If you need help in creating a plan to make sure that your finances will last your lifetime, our advisors are happy to help. Schedule an appointment here.