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How to... Live longer

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How to... Live longer

Read a book

People who read for three and a half hours a week live two years longer on average than non-readers, according to a study. Experts have suggested this could be because of the psychological wellbeing of taking time out from their busy daily schedule to enjoy a book. 

Step out

A brisk 25-minute walk every day can add seven years to your life. A study by academics in Germany also found that even those who don’t start exercising until their 70s can reap rewards.

Make friends

Researchers have found that socially connected people live an average of 3.7 years longer than loners, who have a mortality rate as high as alcoholics. This could be down to those with friends having lower levels of stress hormones.

Eat chocolate

This is an easy one for most of us! Research from Harvard University found that people who ate dark chocolate every week lived 12 months longer than those who didn’t. It could be thanks to the flavonoids in cocoa which have an impact on blood pressure. 

Include nuts in your diet

People who regularly eat nuts live up to three years longer than those who don’t, according to research. In a study, 120,000 people were tracked for 30 years, and those who ate a handful of nuts a day were 20 per cent less likely to have died during the study.