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5 Habits for Healthy Living

It seems obvious, but most of us have not achieved a balance that will produce a long and healthy life. I have identified 5 key areas linked to achieving and improving health and well being producing longer life. There is no magic or overnight success, simply choosing a lifestyle that includes habits shown to promote longevity and avoid chronic illness produces the best outcomes.

5 Habits of Healthy Lifestyle

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Obesity Trends in the United States

NUTRITION

Habit One: Choose to eat well

In 2008 over 30% of American adults were over weight largely due to poor diets and lack of exercise. A healthy diet promotes well being and reduces the risk for chronic illnesses like strokes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease the major cortributors to death in the U.S.

Healthy diets include:

  • Calorie management
  • Drink lots of water
  • Choosing whole foods
  • Plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Choosing whole grain products
  • Limiting saturated fats

Start today by making several intentional choices and see what happens!

There are many diet plans available today, choose one that works for you and stick with it.


Check Your Portion Size

Do you really know how many calories you need or how many calories you actually consume?
Do you really know how many calories you need or how many calories you actually consume?

EXERCISE

Habit Two: Choose to exercise routinely

In 2009 less than 30% of men and 20% of women participated in aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Combined with nutrition, exercise forms the cornerstone for improved health and longevity. Exercise improves balance, lung function and stamina as well as the ability to avoid cronic illness.

Healthy exercise routines suggested by The American Heart Association include:

  • 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise 5 days per week or 20 minutes of strenuious aerobic exercise 3 days per week
  • 10 minutes of flexability training 2 days per week
  • Balance promoting exercises as age advances

Start today by beginning an exercise program!

Physical activity produces long-term benefits throughout our life, regardless when we begin or how much we exercise.


These recommendations are for deliberate exercise plans in addition to activities of daily living.


Healthy Relationships

Habit three: Build healthy meaningful relationships

Relationships are an important ingredient for living well and ageing well. Relationships provide support, connection and a sense of belonging. Family is the core relationship and like an onion our relationships layer us to protect and support us.

Work on building healthy relationships

Health Care

Access to health care is important to ageing well, without access and ability to pay for treatment many people live with treatable chronic conditions. We believe that regular ongoing preventative medical strategies including regular check ups, conscienceless mammograms and others improve ageing outcomes. Additionally, we must recognize that we are your own best advocate by taking charge of our own care chronic illnesses are avoided altogether or treated early.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR NUMBERS ?

IF YOU DON’T, YOU SHOULD

  • BLOOD PRESSURE
  • BODY MASS INDEX
  • CHOLESTEROL
  • GLUCOSE
  • TRIGLYCERIDES

Have you seen your doctor lately?

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Spirituality

Habit five: Find meaning through religious affiliation

Researchers have found that people who regularly attend religious services live longer than those who do not. We all search for connection and meaning as we move through the ageing process seeking connection to a higher power.

Connect with your church to find meaning through your religious organization

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whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for this interesting hub and I enjoyed it very much. It was well presented and organized.


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mjboomer 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Thanks


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

very interesting.


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

It really pays to live well because it's our only way to age well. I've written a hub about healthy living but I missed that part about health care, which is very important.

I hope you don't mind me linking my hub "Healthy Living- What Is It Really All About" to this hub that my friends may find more good habits for healthy living. Thank you for this. Voted up and across!


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

Thank you mjboomer, I am just about getting it all right, but there were a few points you made that need to be tended to! Definitely voted up.


Ageing ... needforhealth.wordpress.com 3 years ago

Well written .

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