2 Strange Things Closely Tied to Human Longevity

Humans are weird.

We try so hard to understand each other, yet most people don’t even understand their own nature.

There are generally recommended guidelines for survival and optimizing your health and your life. In very general terms, eating healthy and exercising regularly are known staples of most long-living individuals. However many other things are more ambiguous. Certain things work well for others, with particular genetics, in specific situations, you could continue drilling down to different scenarios for as long as you want.

However, two things have been closely tied to human longevity across all situations and people. For whatever reason, if you:

  1. Floss regularly
  2. Have a high VO2 max

Then science says the odds are in your favor for surviving a bit longer!

If you aren’t sure what VO2 max is, in a nutshell it is a measure of the maximal amount of oxygen you can take in to sustain high intensity exercise. In other words, a high VO2 max is a strong indicator that your heart and lungs are healthy.

So, there are many ways you can build these habits into your life. Exercise regularly, even if for only 20 minutes a day. There are thousands of free videos on the internet to get you a workout in any situation or location. What else do you have to do?

Use this time where the world is paused to build better habits. When everything starts back up again, which it inevitably will, you can be years ahead of where you would have been otherwise with all of the worldly distractions.

Be safe, take care of your body, have fun!



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Derek Hutson

Derek Hutson

Endurance athlete, Engineer, Life-long learner. I want to help you get a (better) job in tech. https://www.linkedin.com/in/derekhutson/