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A new study shows that it’s possible to add many years to your life by adopting eight healthy habits, including regular exercise. (Photo by LanaStock/Getty Images)

Can you imagine actually adding years to your life? I’m not talking about one or two years. According to CNN, new research shows that it’s possible to add a couple of decades to your life. Adopting eight healthy habits at the age of 40 could add up to 24 extra years to your life. If you start by the time you’re 50, you could still extend your life by up to 21 years. Even if you don’t do it until 60, you could gain almost 18 years if you add all eight of the lifestyle choices.

A new health study analyzed data on more than 700,000 U.S. military veterans and the findings were presented in Boston on July 24th at Nutrition 2023, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. “There’s a 20-year period in which you can make these changes, whether you do it gradually or all at once,“ says lead study author Xuan-Mai Nguyen. “The earlier the better, but even if you only make a small change in your 40s, 50s or 60s, it still is beneficial.”

Adding just one healthy behavior at age 40 could add 4.5-years to a man’s life and 3.5-years to a woman’s life. Adopting additional habits adds more years and doing all eight gives you an “added boost to extend your life, but any small change makes a difference,” Nguyen explains. So what are these life-extending habits? They’re all things we’ve heard before that are actually attainable for most people.

Add Years To Your Life With These 8 Healthy Habits

  • 1. Exercise

    The study’s authors find that working out is one of the most important behaviors anyone can do to improve health. It can lead to a 46% decrease in the risk of death from any cause compared to those who don’t exercise.

    Woman running in winter

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  • 2. Not becoming addicted to opioids

    Opioid addiction became an epidemic in America beginning in the 1990s, largely due to nefarious marketing tactics and over-prescription. Avoiding a dependency on opioid drugs can reduce the risk of early death by 38%.

    Oxycodone tablets spilling out of a pill bottle

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  • 3. Never using tobacco

    The study finds that never smoking can lower the risk of death by 29%. However, even if you have used tobacco products, stopping at any point in life comes with major health benefits.

    Close-up of person smoking a cigarette

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  • 4. Managing stress

    While some amount of stress will always be with us, especially during our working years, it behooves us to find ways of reducing its effect on our health. Managing your stress can reduce the risk of early death by 22%, according to the study.

    Woman meditating to manage her stress

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  • 5. Eating a plant-based diet

    This is one of the most challenging ones on the list. Shifting to a plant-based diet requires real commitment, but it appears to be worth the effort. The study shows doing so could raise your chance of living longer by 21%.

    Person eating a plant-based bowl of food

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  • 6. Avoiding binge drinking

    Not having more than four alcoholic drinks a day reduces the risk of death by 19%, study results show. As with opioids, alcohol addiction can lead to devastating outcomes, both for the user and the people around them.

    Two men, one of them drunk, leaving a bar

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  • 7. Getting a good night’s sleep

    Along with managing stress, it pays to be mindful of one’s sleep. The study’s authors say that at least seven hours a night can reduce early death by 18%. I think it’s even worth investing in some things, like a humidifier, that can help with your sleep quality.

    Older woman sleeping in room with humidifier

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  • 8. Having positive social relationships

    The COVID-19 pandemic showed what social isolation can do to a person’s well-being. Loneliness has actually been called an epidemic of its own, especially among the elderly. We all need supportive people in our lives. Those healthy relationships with family and friends can help boost longevity by 5%.

    Elderly man and his son sitting on stairs and drinking coffee together.

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