Habits to ditch for longer life. (Courtesy)

There are several habits you can ditch to increase your lifespan. Whether you are in your teenage phase, the 20s, 30s, or even to the 70s and 80s, it is never too late to start living a healthy life. The truth is, it's not one day that will make you healthy; it's a gradual process. So, what are these things you can do to help you live longer?

Quit smoking

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIS), tobacco is one of the most preventable causes of death. Your body will surprisingly forgive you if you quit smoking by adjusting the blood circulation and pressure. The risk of getting lung cancer will also reduce. Your neighbors or family will also benefit as they'll no longer be exposed to the dangerous second-hand smoke.

Avoid processed foods 

For the past 20 or so years, people have moved to embrace processed foods with added sodium, more saturated fats, a lot of sugar, and less fiber. The practice has been linked with cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Do your body a favor and start consuming dishes with more fiber and other ingredients that you will buy and prepare for yourself.

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Get adequate sleep

Did you know that the amount of sleep you get has a direct impact on your lifespan? And it's not because a sleepy driver is at a higher risk of causing an accident. Studies show that sleeping less than six hours and more than nine hours puts you at a significant health risk. Good sleep helps ward off depression, stress, and heart disease.

Getting adequate sleep can help you live longer.

Stop holding a grudge

Anger is a fierce emotion that can be difficult to release, especially when you feel justified outrageously. The levels of stress hormones rise during such times, negatively affecting your metabolism, heart, and even immune system.

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Avoid sitting still

A study concluded in 2011 by The Lancet found out that doing moderate-intense exercises for just 15 minutes every day helped the subjects involved live three additional years. 

Sitting for long is bad for your health. (Courtesy)

This went up to 4 years for people achieving a 30 minutes' threshold daily. Well, one of the moderate-intensity exercises listed was Brisk Walking!