How to live a long and healthy life? These five habits will help you maintain your health according to a recent Harvard study. These habits will not only add a few years to your life but they can actually help you add ten years to your life. That sounds promising. So, what do you need to do? None of these habits should surprise you since you probably heard it all before but now it’s time to put into practice.
A team of researchers from Harvard examined data from 78,865 women and 44,354 men. They examined three decades of their health history and specific habits that might have an impact on how long those individuals would live?
Do you want to live longer? It would be wise to adopt these five healthy habits:
If you’ve never been a smoker, good job. According to the US Canter for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is the primary cause of any preventable disease or death in the United States. Smoking alone accounts for more than 480,000 deaths each year. The good news is that fewer people are smoking in the younger generations than they did in the older generations and more people are quitting, but more people are smoking marijuana and smoking joints has it’s own health dangers.
Quitting is not an easy job, so the best thing you can do for your health is not start at all. If you are a smoker, get help and stop smoking as soon as possible.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
“Adults who are physically active are healthier and less likely to develop many chronic diseases than adults who aren’t active — regardless of their gender or ethnicity.”
If you can’t commit to 30 minutes of exercise a day, you should engage in a moderate-intensity workout such as brisk walking for approximately 20 minutes a day, and a vigorous intensity workout such as jogging for 25 minutes three times a week.
Don’t drink too much
Needless to say, excessive drinking is not good for your health. Why? It can lead to obvious health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Also, it can lead to some less obvious types of behavior such as violence, car crashes and risky behavior which can lead to accidents that might have a long-term impact on your overall health. You don’t need to cut alcohol entirely since even moderate drinking can be a healthier option for some than not drinking at all.
Maintain your weight
Maintaining a body mass index (BMI) is crucial for a long and healthy life. A healthy BMI is linked to a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and cancer. Make sure you are in control of your weight. A good diet and exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight. A healthy weight is the key to longevity and healthy life.
Eat a well-balanced diet
Eating a quality diet full of nutrition will help you get minerals and vitamins without causing negative effects on BMI. What is a well-balanced diet? Medical experts recommend eating fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy while lowering the intake of sugar, fat, and salt. Diversity is also very much important when it comes to diet. Make sure that you are eating different types of fruits, vegetables on a daily basis. Also, don’t forget about the fish which you should have on your weekly menu.
This all sounds great on a paper but now it’s time to put it into practice. If you haven’t already, develop these five healthy habits to add years to your life now.