You already know the basics of living a healthy life: eat a healthy diet, avoid sugary foods, drink water, exercise, and get plenty of rest. Yet, there are many other factors that can prolong the longevity of your life. Treating your body and mind well will decrease your aging and increase your overall wellness. Follow these seven rules to live a long, healthy life.

Do things you love

It is important to incorporate as much positivity into your life as possible. Make time every day to do things you enjoy whether it’s drawing, playing with your pet, meditating, or cooking. Surround yourself with an inner circle of friends that are encouraging and uplifting.

Drink to a better lifestyle

Beyond drinking enough water, staying away from sugar-packed sodas and juices, and limiting alcohol consumption, your beverage choice can impact your health. Hot tea, such as matcha, chamomile, and black, has numerous positive health benefits including mental alertness, easier weight loss, and increased immunity. Always read the labels of everything you drink (and eat) and take the time to learn what you are consuming.

Work your mind

Trying new things encourages mental alertness, so challenge your mind every day: learn new skills, be updated on world events, travel, do puzzles, and read books.

Practice good skincare

Good skincare is an important part of living a healthy life. Use sunscreen on a daily basis all year even in winter and on cloudy days, and get your skin checked at least once a year in addition to regular self-checks at home. Using the right products for your particular skin (and doing patch tests) is crucial, so see your dermatologist and an esthetician to set up a good anti-aging regimen.

Schedule regular check-ups

In addition to a dermatologist appointment, schedule other regular physical check-ups. For example, see your dentist every six months, your eye doctor once a year, and your primary care physician every year or two as recommended for a physical. Regular check-ups can help catch any potential issues before they become a bigger problem.

Move your body

Speak with your doctor and a trainer to come up with a customized plan that meets your health goals and desired lifestyle. From swimming and yoga to dance classes and walking, there are so many different ways that you can get your body moving on a daily basis.

Consider genetic testing

Learning about your genetics isn’t just fascinating, it’s also beneficial to manage your overall health and learning what you may face in the future (lifestyle habits may also play a part). Talk to your doctor about what tests—if any—are right for you.
Many are afraid to ask questions, ask for help, or offer ideas to a medical professional when something doesn’t seem right, but don’t be afraid to speak up. You know your body better than anyone. Be the leader of your health; you are worth it.