Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer

Catherine Price (@catherine_price) is the author of “How to Break Up With Your Phone” and creator of Screen/Life Balance. If you’re like many people, you may have decided that you want to spend less time staring at your phone. It’s a good idea: an increasing body of evidence suggests that the time we spend on our smartphones is interfering with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills. But there is another reason for us to rethink our relationships with our…

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How to Age Well (Part Five – Live Well)

By Tara Parker-Pope Live Well Getting older is inevitable (and certainly better than the alternative). While you can’t control your age, you can slow the decline of aging with smart choices along the way. From the foods you eat and how you exercise to your friendships and retirement goals — it all has an effect on how fast or slow your body ages. Keep reading for simple ways to keep your body tuned up and your mind tuned in. And the good news…

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How to Age Well (Part Four – Connect)

By Tara Parker-Pope @nytimeswell Connect Staying in touch with family and friends — and forming new relationships — can keep you healthier longer and may add years to your life. STRENGTHEN SOCIAL TIES Make friends. Volunteer. Join a club. Stay connected. That is some of the most important advice you’ll ever get about aging well. A large body of scientific research shows that social interaction — having strong, happy relationships with family, friends and community members — is an important factor in good health…

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How to Age Well (Part Three – Think)

By Tara Parker-Pope @nytimeswell  Think Aging well means taking care of both the body and the mind. Most of what we do to keep our bodies fit is also good for the brain. DANCE LIKE NO ONE'S AGING Learning while moving may be a potent way to slow the effects of aging, strengthening both the body and the mind at the same time. One study compared the neurological effects of folk dancing with those of walking and other activities. During the research, 174 healthy people in…

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How to Age Well (Part Two – Move)

By Tara Parker-Pope @nytimeswell Move A body in motion will age better than one on the couch. Consider these tips for exercise as you age. EXERCISE IN INTENSE INTERVALS High-intensity interval training is less intimidating than it sounds. It just means repeating short bursts of all-out exercise with longer periods of easy recovery. In recent years, high-intensity interval training has generated considerable attention among exercise scientists because this type of workout seems to help people of any age and any fitness level become healthier. A number…

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How to Age Well (Part One – Eat)

By Tara Parker-Pope @nytimeswell Getting older is inevitable (and certainly better than the alternative). While you can’t control your age, you can slow the decline of aging with smart choices along the way. From the foods you eat and how you exercise to your friendships and retirement goals — it all has an effect on how fast or slow your body ages. Keep reading for simple ways to keep your body tuned up and your mind tuned in. And the good news is that…

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