‘To Age Like Fine Wine’ is something that we all aspire to do. But achieving it can be quite a tricky issue. So, what’s the secret to aging like fine wine?
Well, this phrase is almost completely synonymous with something which we call healthspan. Healthspan is the time in which we are healthy, which is quite different from lifespan, or the time in which we are alive. In order to achieve healthspan, we look at three key aspects to longevity: physical, mental, and financial.
Physical longevity is what most may think of first when they think of ways to expand their health. Fitness, diet, and sleep all make up keys to higher physical healthspan. Traditionally, you want to tackle these keys in reverse order -- that is, work on getting 8 hours of sleep before fixing your diet. Try to fix it all at once, and you’ll realize you’re not motivated to fix any of it at all! Hence is the basis of incremental improvement, one of the big focuses of Shanah.
Another aspect of longevity relates to mentality. There’s a lot about age-related mental diseases such as Alzheimers that we don’t know about, but we do have an inkling that strengthening up your mental fortitude helps at least a bit in deferring dementia. Play logic games like chess, read widely, and meditate to keep your brain active and the neural plasticity running!
Inner mentality isn’t the only part to having a healthy mental lifespan, however. Social keys are important as well -- building strong relationships, being optimistic, and even altruism are tied to a longer and healthier life!
Financial longevity is the last aspect, and confuses some people at first glance. But think about it. Say you were going to live until 70, but with all the compound interest you’ve received from your consistent mental and physical workouts, you’ll now live until your 90. Only one problem -- your finances are a mess! So, do you really want to spend your extra 20 years working even longer just because you didn’t have enough money to live in retirement? Didn’t think so.
Building a strong nest egg is the key here. You’ll want to start as early in the game as possible, to work off of the market’s long-term returns. You’ll also want to keep diversified, and stay away from any “gains goblins” that look like they’ll be good investments but will actually only serve to damage your portfolio.
If you have any interest in knowing more about these aspects in depth, we wrote a free guide exploring more on the topic. Or, if you want to try out building a longevity habit yourself, you can dive right into what Shanah can offer!