If you want to live longer and healthier, there are certain habits that can help make this a reality. By eating well and staying active, you can reduce your risk of developing many diseases and even prevent some from ever happening in the first place.
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet is essential to living a long and healthy life. A balanced diet means eating a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You should also limit your intake of fat, sugar and salt–especially in processed foods like candy bars or potato chips that contain trans fats.
To achieve this goal:
- Eat smaller portions when you do eat at restaurants or fast food establishments. If you can’t control the size of your meals at home, try putting less food on your plate next time you’re cooking dinner so that you’ll be less likely to overeat later in the evening when no one else is watching how much they’re eating!
- Don’t skip meals; instead make sure they are all three balanced meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) plus snacks every day — if possible .
- Exercise is the best way to maintain your health and live longer.
- You don’t have to be an athlete or run marathons; any physical activity will help you live longer.
- Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, but don’t overdo it! You could end up injuring yourself if you push yourself too hard on your first try.
- It’s also important that the activity doesn’t hurt–if something hurts when you do it, stop immediately and consult with a doctor before continuing with that particular exercise routine or sport.
Maintain a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI)
- The first thing to do is to maintain a healthy weight. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. If this number falls between 18.5 and 24.9, then you have a normal or healthy BMI; if it’s 25 or higher for men or 30 or higher for women, then you’re considered overweight; anything above 40 indicates obesity.*
- Once you know where you stand on the scale of healthiness in terms of body mass index (BMI), it might be time to make some changes in order to improve upon that number.* If this sounds too complicated or tedious for now–it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of other ways that will help keep us feeling good about ourselves while also lowering our risk factors for diseases like diabetes and heart disease.*
- Don’t smoke.
Smoking is bad for your health and can cause a wide range of serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease and lung disease. It also increases your risk of dying prematurely from any cause–and even if you don’t die from smoking-related causes, it may still take years off your life by making you sicker than you would have been otherwise. If that weren’t enough reasons not to light up a cigarette (or vape), smoking also increases the chance that your baby will be born prematurely or with low birth weight–a danger both for infants and their mothers alike!
Exercise every day
- Exercise is good for your heart.
- Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight.
- It’s been proven that people who exercise regularly are less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes and other conditions that can shorten their lives.
- Regular exercise will also make you sleep better at night (and who doesn’t want more rest?)
- People who regularly engage in physical activity report feeling happier and more positive about life in general than those who don’t exercise as much–and this makes sense when we consider how much stress our bodies experience every day from work or home life; the last thing we want is another source of anxiety!
Limit alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per day for women. If you have other health conditions, like liver disease, diabetes or heart disease, your doctor may advise you to drink less or not at all.
- Drink in moderation. If you’re a woman, limit alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per day. If you have other health conditions, like liver disease, diabetes or heart disease, your doctor may advise you to drink less or not at all.
- One drink is 12 ounces of beer (about 5% alcohol), 5 ounces of wine (about 11% alcohol) or 1.5 ounces 80-proof liquor (40% alcohol).
You can help yourself live longer by eating well and staying active.
There are many things that you can do to help yourself live longer and healthier. One of the most important is eating well and staying active.
Another important thing to consider is how much time you spend sitting down each day. You should try to stand or walk around for at least 10 minutes out of every hour, even if it’s just pacing around your office or home. This will help keep your muscles strong so that they can support your bones in old age (and prevent osteoporosis).
You may also want to consider signing up for a class at the gym or joining an athletic league if one exists near where you live–this will give you an excuse not only get exercise but also meet new people with similar interests!
It’s not just about living longer. It’s about being healthy and enjoying life as much as possible for as long as you can. The key is to make sure that your lifestyle choices–like eating well, staying active and limiting alcohol consumption–are ones that you can stick with for a lifetime.