Although occasions such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day can be harsh reminders that you’re single, flying solo could actually be a blessing for your health! A woman who celebrated her 107th birthday recently shared her secret to living a long life. Yes you’ve guessed it, staying single!
Here are some of the experts’ health benefits of staying single.
1. Less Likely To Become Obese
“When you settle down with a partner, you will tend to adopt some of their habits, too,” says Dr Sarah Brewer, who is working in association with the type 2 diabetes supplement CuraLin.
“According to psychologists from the University of North Carolina, once a couple start living together, they’re three times more likely to become obese than those who live separately.
“This is probably down to sharing obesity-related behaviours such as choosing unhealthy snacks and watching TV or playing computer games instead of exercising.
“Rather than encouraging each other to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, they are more likely to encourage negative behaviours so they won’t feel so bad about over-indulging alone.
“Apparently this tendency is strongest once a couple has lived together for at least two years.”
2. More Sex
Research suggests single people are having sex more often than married people. That’s according to an analysis collected from more than 26,000 people between 1989 and 2014.
“Research has shown that women who have sex on a regular basis have longer telomeres,” says nutritionist and author of the Natural Health Bible for Women Marilyn Glenville.
“Telomeres are the end caps on your DNA like the ends on a shoelace and longer telomeres are associated with a longer lifespan. So having sex regularly can help you to stay younger for longer.”
3. More Time For Self-Care
“Self-care gives us access to a better version of ourselves,” says psychologist Suzy Reading, who is working with ThinkWell LiveWell, whose mindfulness toolkit includes a Stress-Busting Playbook.
“Proactively tending to yourself with self-care gives you the best possible chance of being the person you aspire to be, behaving in way contingent with your values, boosting our self-esteem and the health of our relationships.”
4. Richer Social Lives
Many single people embrace their single lives, and are likely to experience more psychological growth and development than married people, according to research.
5. You Can Get Your Beauty Sleep
You don’t have to put up with snoring partners, what a result! A good sleep helps you look and feel better, so starfish and get those 8 hours in.
“People who have less than five hours sleep a night tend to have more physical ailments, such as headaches and stomachs upsets and also undergo changes in metabolism similar to those occurring with normal ageing,” adds Marilyn.
“Small wonder many of us look worse for wear after a poor night’s sleep! You can spend a fortune on anti-ageing skin creams but you need to sleep well to have healthy, glowing skin.
“When you’re fast asleep, the body goes into repair mode and regenerates skin, blood and brain cells, as well as muscles.”
6. Revenge Body
If you’re recently single, that’s okay. This often results in a kick-ass comeback. If, like Khloé Kardashian, you want to sweat your heartbreak and anger out, remember optimal nutrient intake prior to exercise will not only help you maximize your performance but also minimise muscle damage.
Ideally you should try to eat a complete meal containing carbs, protein and fat 2–3 hours before you exercise.
However, in some cases you may not be able to get in a full meal 2-3 hours before working out. So if you eat around one hour prior to your workout, choose foods that are simple to digest and contain small fats, complex carbs and some protein.
A good example is sliced apple with nut butter or the Natures Plus Vegan Power Protein mixed with nut milk, kale and bananas.
Did you know February 15 is Singles Awareness Day?