There are four things you can do to increase your odds of living a longer, healthier life. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seven out of 10 deaths in the United States each year are caused by chronic illnesses. Fifty percent of all deaths are from heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Some lifestyle choices can add to our risk of chronic illness and early death. A CDC study found that people who engaged in all four of the healthy lifestyle choices listed below are 66 percent less likely to die early from cancer, 65 percent less likely to die early from cardiovascular disease, and 57 percent less likely to die early from other causes compared to people who don’t.
There are a lot of ways you can live longer, but these are 4 basic staples that cover all your bases. Seriously you should already know the answers, but knowing and doing are two different beasts.
You can alway stop jumping off cliffs, playing in traffic and risking your life 7 days and 7 ways to Sunday… but then again without adrenaline, who really wants to live anyways.
OK maybe those are a bit extreme adrenalin boosting ideas (which I do not advocate or practice) but I do want you to live and love longer (and safer), but do things that do get the adrenalin going. Try working out, bike rides, play sports or play with your kids.
Surprise yourself every day and enjoy a long healthy life full of laughter and love.
According to the CDC, if you want to live longer, there are four specific things you can do.
1. Don’t Smoke
If you want to give yourself the most protection from early death — from all causes — don’t smoke.
If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
If you do smoke, and want to quit, call 1-800-Quit-Now, a free telephone support service that can help you to stop smoking or using tobacco.
2. Eat Right
Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood.
Eat fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains.
Participate in moderate intensity physical activity five or more days per week (150 minutes), such as brisk walking, or…
Practice vigorous physical activity three or more days per week (75 minutes) such as jogging or race walking.
4. Avoid Excessive Alcohol Use
Drink alcohol in moderation (men should have no more than two drinks per day; and women no more than one drink per day).
When it comes right down to it, don’t we instinctively know this? And haven’t we been told over and over again? New study or not, it seems like common sense. Too bad so many continue to ignore something so simple. Life is so much better when you feel good!
The BEST thing you can do for your health and to live longer is follow a regimented nutrition and fitness strategy that does NOT induce stress, is hard to follow or completely unnatural to you or your goals. Start with a Personalized Nutrition Program
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