You can live 14 extra years if you don't smoke, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly and drink alcohol in moderation, according to a new research study. Researchers say that doing any one of these habits will boost your health but doing more than one habit has added benefits.
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Healthy Habits Can Mean 14 Extra Years
Dr. Diet weighs in:
The take home message here is that a healthy lifestyle does more for you than just help to whittle your waist as it really can extend your life.
If you have a family and want to be around longer and healthier for them, this may be a good motivator. But the best motivator of all is to want to live healthier for yourself as you will reap so many benefits.
Though becoming healthier may seem like it will take a complete overhaul of your lifestyle, the truth is that making small changes can make a big difference in your health.
So if you want to lose weight, start setting small mini-goals like the following:
-- I will bring 3 pieces of fruit to work each Monday morning and will eat a piece of fruit 3 times each week.
-- I will work my way up to accumulating a minimum of 30 minutes of brisk walking each day â€" starting with 10 minutes and building from there.
-- I will serve a side salad with our dinner meals most days of the week.
-- I will read food labels and choose higher fiber, whole grain breads and pasta when shopping at the grocery store.
-- I will record my daily food intake for 2 week days and 1 weekend day to get a better handle on my calorie level and eating pattern.
Once you "taste" some success and are able to do these 5 things, that's the time to set new mini-goals that will continue to give your health and weight loss an even bigger boost!