What is Healthspan? Lifespan's Hidden Longevity Partner Revealed

UltimateHuman Team Jul 27, 2022
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There's a famous quote that goes something like...

"It's not about the years of your life... but the life in your years."

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And when it comes to the idea of healthspan...

This couldn't be more true.

But what is healthspan? And does it have something to do with lifespan?

Let's explore:

Healthspan Definition

Healthspan is simply the period of time in your life during which you're healthy.

Yes, many people want to live a loooooong life...

But what good is all that time if you aren't healthy enough to enjoy it?

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Healthspan vs. Lifespan: What's The Difference?

You can think of healthspan and lifespan as the yin-yang of longevity.

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While lifespan measures a person's life expectancy, or the number of years they'll live...

Healthspan measures the quality of life for a person during their years.

This has become an important distinction in the modern conversation about longevity because it's important to be able to function properly as we age...

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And if a person doesn't take care of their health... they may not reach their full life expectancy potential anyway.

So, the 2 ideas combined are essential for living the best life possible.

Speaking of which...

Here's How To Live A Better Life

When it comes to longevity... a long, healthy life is the goal.

So, the more you can reduce your risk of severe disease... the better.

As always, check with your doctor first before making any changes...

But here's a few tips to live a healthier life:

1. Let's Get Physical

Despite all of the exciting new breakthroughs coming out in the world of regenerative medicine and precision health...

The fact is: As people age, they become more vulnerable to disease and body deterioration.

Illness and injuries become more frequent, and loss of muscle mass could lead to an overall drop in health and immunity.

Having an active and physical lifestyle can help counter these disabilities that can help your body and heart last longer in the years to come.

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As we grow older, our hearts have a harder time pumping out blood, which could put you at risk for weakness, fatigue, and even death.

To fight against this... be sure to include at least 30-40 minutes of physical activity each day...

Things like walking, jogging, stretching, and other simple workouts can become your best friends.

2. Make Your Education Life-Long

As we grow older, our brain has a more challenging time digesting information and remembering previous lessons.

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It's essential to do mental exercises that can help your brain stay young.

Things like reading, crosswords and puzzles, or staying engaged socially are mental activities that can help keep your mind sharp.

3. Don't Let Your Doctor Become A Stranger

Now, we don't mean going every single day...

But it is vital to get yourself checked regularly to give yourself the best chance to live fully and keep your body at its full potential.

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Visiting the doctor could also allow you to stay in front of any potential health issues.

4. Keep An Eye On Your Mood

Life has a lot of challenges... and sometimes things can get tough...

So, it's important to take care of your mental health.

You can think about the positive things in life & pat yourself on the back for your accomplishments — regardless of how big or small they may seem.

Positivity is key to a good life.

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5. Enjoy It!

One of the best parts of life is having fun.

Whether it's spending quality time with people you care about... or getting into a hobby that you genuinely enjoy...

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For you to have a good life, you must enjoy it... and pack it with activities and memories that you can look back on with happiness.

—So, here's to wishing you a good lifespan & healthspan!

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