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Expert Reveals 3 Best Healthy Aging Tips

A New York Times bestselling author of five books and easily recognized as a trailblazer in functional and integrative medicine, you’d think Dr. Frank Lipman’s philosophy on health aging will be quite the journal entry, sprawling into different facets that all explore a branch, all intertwining like a spider’s web in order to achieve prime aging.

To our surprise, it’s not. In fact, it couldn’t be simpler.

"Basically, eat less, laugh more, deal with your stress, take sleep seriously. What else would be important?" Dr. Lipman said in a recent podcast.

However, while he definitely has the formula down when it comes to aging gracefully, Dr. Lipman recently said that he’s fascinated with our current pursuits to prolong our health, and not just our lives.

As such, he commented on it, saying that we should “be aware of increasing our health span, not our life span.”

So, how do you do it? Here are his tips, according to a recent post on mindbodygreen.

Physical adversity is the way to go

According to Dr. Lipman, a little bit of stress is actually good for you, which should come in the form of physical adversity such as fasting and high-intensity exercise. The idea is that your body is stressed a little bit to stimulate longevity genes, which then teaches your body to handle bigger stressors better. But don’t starve yourself because the idea is that a little goes a long way.

Move intentionally

This isn’t just about exercising more, although that’s always a good idea. Per Dr. Lipman, this is about exercising intentionally and intelligently. The key, according to him, is to push your body in an intentional way that would test it but not enough to cause injury. It’s harder to recover as you get older, and so it’s important to change the way you do your routines to better suit your body.

Don’t take life too seriously

The last piece of advice, per Dr. Lipman, is to simply not take life too seriously and have some fun. These days, everyone is too caught up with numbers and metrics that it’s easy to forget how to enjoy things while we’re at it. Eat less and laugh more. Your life would be all the more better.

old people The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in any part of the country. Pixabay

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