Wellness Wednesday – 5/5/21
These days, the vast world of technology feels limitless, and with this technology, it seems that someday humans will have the potential to live forever. Especially in times like these, we all want to find a universal cure for mortality; we want to look younger, feel better and live longer. So this week, join us on a journey to the fountain of youth, where we explore activities, foods and habits that are predicted to add years to your life.
When it comes to living longer, you might expect me to tell you to exercise everyday, or to eat your vegetables, however, there’s more to it. According to this article from Eat This, Not That, some shocking things that lengthen your lifespan include flossing your teeth, reading, and becoming a parent. The article also asserts that constant urban living and excessive overthinking can actually shorten your lifespan, so make sure you get out to nature every once in a while to clear your head.
According to Heathline, more habits that are linked to a longer life are: eating more nuts and turmeric, prioritizing your happiness, avoiding stress and anxiety, nurturing your social circle, being more conscientious, drinking coffee and tea, and getting into a healthy sleeping routine.
On the flip side, while we’re discussing things you can do to live longer, there’s also a few habits you should eliminate to increase your lifespan. According to this article from VeryWell Health, these bad habits include eating processed foods, sitting still for too long, holding a grudge, keeping to yourself, and letting fear hold you back. The article also mentions that if you want to live longer, “stop thinking that only big changes count.” This reminded me of a quote from “The Stonecutter’s Credo” by Jacob Riis:
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Small changes each day will amount to something big, so long as we’re patient enough to wait for it.
The food choices we make are not only necessary to leading a happy, healthy life, but can impact our lifespan as well. Check out this list of 20 foods that you should eat every day to live a longer life. Foods on the list include extra virgin olive oil, almonds, avocados, oatmeal, bell peppers, beans and, my two favorite entries on this list: dark chocolate and red wine.
When it comes to living longer, your eating habits count too. Bookmark this slideshow that details 15 eating habits that are essential living a longer, healthier life. It’s got everything from anti-aging foods to fish recipes to non-dairy foods that are high in calcium to “are eggs actually healthy?” The answer is yes, they are.
Get Your Head in the Game
It’s not news to most of us that physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, so don’t worry, I’ve found something a little different: five sports that are scientifically proven to help you live longer. According to MDLinx, walking, tennis, swimming, aerobics, and running are all sports that contribute to a longer lifestyle. Plus, some of these exercises — such as a walk or a swim — can be enjoyed as leisure activities as well, so you can have fun while adding years to your life.
Another article from Time notes that tennis, badminton and soccer are at the top of the list for longevity. The article also describes the important connection between social interaction and good health, so grab a friend and head to a local tennis court (outdoor activities are still great to maintain social distancing, too!)
MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 UPDATE:
NECC Uses Humor to Address Latest COVID Safety Measures
For an entertaining take on COVID-19 safety protocols at Northern Essex Community College (NECC), we encourage you to check out this video that demonstrates the school’s safety measures via … interpretive dance?!? It has to be seen to be believed. Click to watch the video below:
The video stars Paul Melendy, an NECC grad who transferred to Salem State for a BFA in theater. Watch for a cameo appearance by Rosanna Lara, the college’s COVID-19 contact tracing case manager and a 2020 graduate of NECC’s public health program.
Baker-Polito Administration on Track to Hit Goal of 4.1 Million People Vaccinated, Announces Next Phase of Vaccination Efforts
In December, the Baker-Polito Administration set a goal of vaccinating approximately four million people in the Commonwealth. According to the CDC’s vaccine data, 3.9 million people in Massachusetts have been fully or partially vaccinated as of today. Another 180,000 people are scheduled to get their first dose this week. Altogether, 4.1 million are set to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of June — reaching the administration’s initial goal and representing a significant achievement for the Commonwealth.
While reaching 4.1 million residents vaccinated represents progress, the administration will continue to adapt vaccine efforts to be more targeted and will shift vaccines to smaller scale operations focusing on certain populations and specific communities — such as the commonwealth’s 20 most disproportionately impacted communities.
At the state’s mass vaccination sites, 1.2 million doses and have been administered and 470,000 people have been fully vaccinated since the first site opened at Gillette Stadium on January 18. The state expects to administer around 250,000 second doses in May and another 180,000 first doses across all providers over the next seven days.
The administration will gradually close four out of the state’s seven mass vaccination sites by the end of June. The sites will soon begin to accept walk-ins at select mass vaccination sites. Information about availability for walk-ups and vaccination appointments for some sites, visit here.
GOOD READS & WATCHES
Beet Time. Looking for a new drink to add to your daily routine? A recent study from the University of Exeter, found that drinking beet juice regularly is linked to a healthier, longer life. Click here to learn more.
Great Minds Walk Alike. This interesting article examines famous minds such as Charles Darwin and ponders the idea that walking helps you think.
Dog Days. Take a break from your day to boost your mood. with an adorable video. Featured on The Dodo, a dog escaped from his owners during a track meet and ran with the athletes, coming in first place.