Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Death Clock: Making Lifestyle Changes

It might sound a bit morbid but I thought I would give the death clock a try anyway, it was actually very revealing indeed going through the questions it updates your expected life span!  Initially I was up to 83 years and that slowly declined depending on my given answers. 

It has made me want to make some lifestyle changes; I will certainly try and fit some regular exercise in.  I do walk quite often but I think something more structured would be good, I used to love swimming and my mum said I could join her when she goes.  I want to top up the years on the clock as much as I can!

Fortunately I don’t smoke so that saved 10 years compared to someone who is a chain smoker – 10 years is a LONG time that you will be glad off when you reach that age, if grandchildren are in the picture you will want quality time creating memories with them, cherishing that time together.  I think quitting smoking is a wise decision if you factor that in – mind you being a social smoker is only two years off your life.  So if you can’t stop all together it’s definitely worthwhile cutting back as much as you can as a step in the right direction.

Our weekly takeaway habit knocked THREE years off my life – feeling the need to rein that right in now and eat more salads instead.  Another TWO years I lost for being in a job which requires me sitting down a lot – maybe I should leap around in between blog posts, fit in a few stretches, a quick jog then return to my sitting position.  I do try and break the day up with some household chores so hopefully that will help, I might write a post, then load the dishwasher and fill the washing machine, vacuum round and tidy away - I guess their are some advantages to working from home I can not completely inactive.

I wasn’t sure how having a pet would reflect on my lifespan, I thought it could go either way, I had heard they are good for your blood pressure but at the same time I wondered if it would be worse for your health with allergies and so fourth!  But having our pet dog just topped me up a good five years!  I guess a pet is good company, a reason to keep going and an excuse to have regular exercise.

Watching a lot of television just knocked six years off my life – I guess those that watch more TV might not move around enough.  I might dust off my bike and start avoiding Netflix binge sessions.  I love reading and board games so perhaps I could have a few no TV days a week… I have just reacquainted myself with the library to read the adventures of Bob.

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Worrying about getting old is a bad thing, if your more relaxed about ageing you actually live longer!  I guess it’s down to stress levels and perhaps the more optimistic among us don’t worry themselves to death (quite literally!).

The last question tickled me “does the rain effect your mood?” I went with I’m used to it, its not too bad, I live in Wales, it rains quite a lot after all.  Fortunately that middle ground only knocked two years off my life – if I hated it I would have shaved five years off instead!  So all I can say is get singing in the rain and embrace it… if you want to live as long as possible.  I am off to dig out my wellies for the next shower.  I am going to jump in every puddle I see.

10 comments:

  1. I'm not sure about having a pet is good for you. My Mum is worrying constantly about what her cat is up and she is!

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  2. That is interesting I will have to have a look at this. I think you are right a positive outlook on life will help lengthen your life span. Let's keep smiling :)

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  3. I just did the quiz and when it popped up saying I have 42 years left it was a bit of a shocker. That seems like no time at all! x

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    1. I know I think hubbie felt like we better retire early and have some fun whilst we can! :) x

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  4. You're a lot braver than me - there's no way I could do the quiz as I'd just obsess over it and end up truly depressed! It's great that you've taken it as a trigger to make positive changes though, I'm in awe of your mindset.

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  5. Definitely not a quiz for me, it would worry and depress me!

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  6. Oh my goodness. I suffer the worst anxiety over death. Leaving my boys, how would they cope, what happens to me when I die? I've been seeing a doctor to try and calm myself down over it because I just can't cope when I start to think about it. I'm happy it's made you look at your lifestyle though.

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  7. Its so scary to think some of these daily habits that we don't think twice about could be really affecting us. Great to think about it now though.

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  8. Ha ha I love how the rain is supposed to make you live longer ;-)

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  9. I have 59 years left apparently - it doesn't feel like long at all but then I am 42

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