The #1 Way to Improve Lifespan

Even though we have spoken a lot about nootropic drugs and similarly useful brain health habits, we haven’t talked about longevity and anti-aging much. There are plenty of drugs that we will cover over time, but for now just keep in mind this basic rule that can help anyone to improve their quality of life and (by proxy) their lifespan.

Wherever you have stress in your life, find ways to get rid of it as much as possible.

Some people like to spend a lot of money trying to make their life less stressful, such as going to spas, paying for massages, and a host of other related practices. While all of these are great, they can get expensive and will often be prohibitive in the long run. That is why developing your own home spa treatment will be a far more sustainable practice.

What About Stress is So Bad?

Humans were meant to use stress as a tool to overcome our environment. Consider when you get scared and your heart rate goes up, your adrenaline starts pumping, and you feel alert and awake. In our hunter-gatherer times, this would have kept you from getting eaten by a lion or killed my a neighboring tribe.

Today, this same response comes up when someone cuts us off on the highway, when we are frustrated things aren’t going our way, and in most cases it works against us. The stress tells the body that it is not safe and this keeps the body on guard in some way perpetually. This costs the body a lot of energy.

There have been direct correlations between stress and factors that are signs of aging, such as the telomere length. This is a major sign of aging and stress compounds any of the other symptoms that might create it.

What is a Fix for Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a condition that is common to tennis players where their elbow becomes inflamed causing pain and soreness. For many tennis players, as well as weight lifters and football players, it is actually a problem where the chronic injury gets in the way of their sport or athletic endeavors. Learning what tennis elbow is can help you to treat it better and hopefully get over the condition and back into the game.

Tennis_ElbowOne quick way that you can work on your tennis elbow is to foam roll or use a lacrosse ball on your tricep. If you focus primarily on the tricep around the elbow, you will find that these muscles are very tight and constricted. In many cases, they are even so tight they have created scar tissue that is hard to remove. This is where the massage therapist is needed or a steady hand and a lacrosse ball. Once you have fixed this element of the tennis elbow, it is time for you to focus on the biggest factor: rest.

A lot of athletes make the mistake of coming back to their sport or activity too quickly. If you are struggling with tennis elbow, this is a chronic injury which means your elbow is inflamed in some way. This could be the tendon or ligaments or both, what whatever the case may be, focus on getting enough rest. You can also take an advil or ibuprofen if you would like in order to reduce the inflammation in your elbow.

Most people like to also use heat to sooth the area or ice to reduce the inflammation, but be careful with your procedures so that you can get the best results and get back into the game. While there are certain protocols to follow, it is best to listen to your body. If you don’t feel good with ice packs on your elbows – don’t use them!