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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
Obesity Trends in the United States
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
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.
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
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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.
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IF YOU DON’T, YOU SHOULD
- BLOOD PRESSURE
- BODY MASS INDEX
Have you seen your doctor lately?
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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