When Was the Last Time You Saw a Friend? Arnold Schwarzenegger Uncovers Alarming Reasons That “Can Increase Your Risk of Death”

Published 01/23/2024, 11:33 AM EST

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Embarking on the journey of life, when was the last time you shared a genuine connection with a friend? Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed a critical revelation that goes beyond the ordinary –the startling reasons that may elevate the risk of death.

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In a recent newsletter, Schwarzenegger cites a groundbreaking 85-year study conducted by scientists. Brace yourself, as the findings of this research are poised to defy expectations and potentially reshape your perspective.

Talking to friends and loved ones can increase longevity: Arnold Schwarzenegger

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In the newsletter, the seven-time Mr. Olympia demonstrated that research speaks volumes about the profound impact of social connections on our health. It can “reduce your risk of dementia, heart disease, and stroke.” This research is not just about preventing diseases; it’s about unlocking the key to happiness and overall well-being. According to this 85-year study, social connection emerges as the strongest determinant of a fulfilling life.

On the other hand, “loneliness can increase your risk of death from any cause by more than 25 percent.” The 76-year-old discusses the findings of a study tracking teenagers since the 1940s, and the revelation is staggering: the strength of your connections with friends and loved ones becomes a compass pointing towards your future health.

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In addition, “It’s not that you need many friends, but having strong relationships where you share experiences and feel close is one of the healthiest things you can do.” Why? Because loneliness, the stressor in disguise, can significantly impact your overall well-being.

A social connection can reduce the chances of dementia

Moreover, good relationships are deemed more critical to happiness than your health, fitness, diet, career, or level of success. It’s a paradigm shift that urges us to prioritize our connections as much as we do our physical health. Just as you prioritize your weekly walks or resistance training, building your “connection” muscles is equally vital.

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As Arnie stresses, the research suggests a 7-day friendship check-up, encouraging you to connect with someone at least once a week. Be it a friend, significant other, or a cherished family member – consider it a ritual to nurture your social bonds. However, did you know that he emphasized this point in his previous revelation too?

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In his earlier revelation, Schwarzenegger emphasized a simple life hack for longevity—opting for more time with friends rather than pricey pills. The Austrian Oak pointed out that strong social connections can add up to 7 years to your life, based on a review of 148 studies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supported this, highlighting how social ties aid in stress recovery, reduce anxiety, and combat depression.

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Furthermore, Schwarzenegger stressed the simplicity of maintaining connections, suggesting that a call or text suffices. Beyond longevity, he shared insights on preventing dementia, making a compelling case for the power of social connections in a healthier life.

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So, take a moment and don’t hesitate any longer; grab your phone and reconnect with your friends and loved ones. It’s crucial for your well-being.

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Hi, I'm Arpita Shrivastava, a fitness and bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. When I started college, my fascination shifted to combat sports and I began training for Judo. I did it for two years until an injury compelled me to step away from the mat.
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