Why Longevity Matters, And How To Enhance Your Own

December 11, 2020

When you think about longevity, particularly if you’re young, you might scoff at it. Why does this matter now? I’m not going to have to worry about getting old until years later. Well, I’m sorry to alert you -- but it doesn't happen to work that way.

You see, when you get old, things are already too late. The way the cellular system works is that it deteriorates over long periods of time -- it doesn’t just start one day when you’re 40. Now those who are older are not entirely out of luck, but it is one of those things where it is much better to start early.

So, with that out of the way, what are some methods of enhancing your longevity? For that, we’ll have to dive into the three main aspects of longevity.

Physical Longevity

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.

Mental Longevity

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

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

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