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11 Ways #LivingTheMarthaLife Can Help You Live Longer

Let Martha's masterful and mindful longevity tips add years to your life. 

1. Garden

It’s time to grow that green thumb like Martha's. According to a 2012 study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, botanists and other mobile individuals aged 60 and above who engaged in active pursuits including gardening or walking demonstrated lower mortality rates and increased cardiovascular function. 

 

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2. Party with Your People 

Scientific American reports that consistent social interaction with close friends and family is key to a lengthy life span. So celebrate your loved ones by throwing a soiree the Martha way.

 

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3. Hop on the Detox Train

Martha’s “Clean Slate” cookbook offers helpful hints on mindful munching, and much of the fare is vegetarian. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that decreasing meat consumption increases life expectancy, making a strong case for adopting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle if you want to toast your centennial.

 

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4. Creative Forms of Exercise

Martha’s advocacy of daily exercise is well-documented; just ask her yoga instructor! As it so happens, a similar fitness regimen can carry you directly to centenarian status. In a June 2015 study, JAMA discovered that physical activity reduces mortality.

 

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5. Snack on Superfoods

As it so happens, the fuss about kale is supported by science. Consuming kale increases vitamin K and lutein intake, which augment heart and eye health, respectively, the AARP reports. According to a candid chat with Reddit users in 2014, Martha herself adores kale

 

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6. Meditate

Reduced stress has been linked to more gradual aging of cells, according to a 2009 study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. So "ohm" your way to your 100th birthday by adopting Martha's meditation practices. 

 

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7. Practice Happiness-Promoting Hobbies

Give aging woes the axe by indulging in pursuits that satisfy your curiosity. A study by University College London suggests that positivity -- including activities that decrease stress and increase contentment also add to your life span -- promotes longevity in individuals over 50. So beef up your baking abilities, cultivate clever crafts, or even clean!  Yes, cleaning is good for you! 

 

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8. Get Your Grains

If sweet potatoes, farro, and quinoa conjure the sounds of ringing dinner bells, go right ahead and succumb to your cravings. Whole grains reduce mortality, the Harvard School of Public Health reported in January 2015. So feast away! 

 

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9. Spice Up Your Life

Spicy foods can add years to your life, BMJ reported in August 2015, so fill up on peppers, wasabi, and the like. Just be sure to keep a refreshing glass of milk on hand.

 

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10. Celebrate Something

Find something to celebrate each week, and you might eventually find yourself blowing out 100 candles on your birthday cake. Medical News Today verifies that more joyful seniors tend to live longer -- but who says you have to wait until 90 to begin the merriment?

 

Celebrate Good Girlfriends with Martha's Handy Guide
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11. Imbibe Antioxidants 

Your daily glass of vino with dinner serves as a triple threat for increasing longevity, according to author Dan Buettner, the mind behind revolutionary tome "The Blue Zones Solution: The Revolutionary Plan to Eat and Live Your Way to Lifelong Health." During an interview with National Geographic, Buettner elaborated that a glass of wine is rich in antioxidants, which combat oxidative damage, decreases the stress hormone cortisol, and supplies disease-fighting polyphenols to those who sip slowly. So, cheers!

 

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