It’s said that most of us have the potential to live a long and healthy life, although in practice though, we know that’s not always the case.
Longevity taken from a world study reviewed between 2010 and 2015 showed Japan and Singapore with an average age of 85 years old and the lowest was Chad with a mere 50 years old. The UK average in the same study was 80.7 years.
Depending upon how we assume responsibility for our own health and wellbeing, we can add extra years to our life. However, the way in which we live will dictate whether we add life to our years. You might ask ‘what’s the point of living longer if we are in poor health, are miserable and become a burden to society?” and the debate on voluntary euthanasia continues.
There are many tools and resources via the internet to test our health resilience. My own result from https://www.blueprintincome.com/ is encouraging. I am 62 years old and because of the way I look after myself, this American site which supports the insurance industry, suggests that I will make 93 and potentially 99 years old. If I undertook more exercise I could potentially increase by a few more years (note to self to walk more often).
Not only is there a world postcode lottery on how long we may potentially live, but the disparity also exists in the UK. Individuals brought up in London have a higher life expectancy than those in Manchester or the North-East for example. There are even huge differences locally. In the poorest parts of the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the life expectancy for men is 24.6 years lower than those living more affluently.
The Office for National Statistics has some incredible statistics which are worthy of inspection. The number of people who retire and then fall off the perch interests me too. Insurance companies use these statistics to assess the payouts likely and set their premiums accordingly.
So. What can you do to minimise your risk of poor health and wellbeing, and increase your chances of living a long, happy and healthy life?
It’s very simple. Just live your life in balance.
I explore this debate during my health radio show on www.elasticfm.co.uk every Tuesday afternoon from 4-6pm. My live studio guests and pre-recorded podcasts are a mine of information, practical tips and inspiration to kick start your own journey to improving your life.
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