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5 Healthy Habits Proven To Add Up To 14 Years To Your Life

If you're reading this, it's likely that you're thinking about making some changes in terms of your health or that you've had a recent health scare. Or maybe you’ve worked hard, raised a family and are now looking forward to enjoying your golden years. Regardless of the reason for being increasingly concerned with your health, it's never to late to change some nasty habits and reap the benefits!

Experts say adopting five healthy habits will reduce your likelihood of dying prematurely from heart attack, stroke or cancer, with that in mind here are 5 tips for a healthier lifestyle!

#1 Follow A Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is pivotal to maintaining good health and help you feel your best. However, this doesn't need to be drag quite like it used to with plenty of mouthwatering meals. 

    This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Here's some of our extra healthy diet tips from healthcare professionals to help get you started. 

#2 Regular Exercise

Obviously everyone would like a figure at least somewhat like the one to the left, but this can be difficult to obtain...yet this should never dissuade anyone! It's easy to say "everyone must start somewhere" and while it's true, it's not always so easy to get that initial kick into a good habit of regular exercise - this is the most difficult part! 

Don't worry about starting fact we advise it, make it enjoyable and set reminders to help get into the positive habit. Increasing your exercise steadily is far easier and better for your body and mind particularly in the beginning!

#3 Moderate Your Alcohol!

Just like #2 alcohol consumption is more about setting goals and being realistic rather than trying to cut down completely. To begin make a rough estimate of how much you consume, even if you over-compensate it's ok. Now reducing this with weekly, monthly or even quarterly goals is progress. You can use a handwritten note that you keep in your wallet or keep a record of your drinks on your smartphone or PDA. Here's an app (android & IOS) that calculates everything for you based on the specific cutting out all the work!

That being said, if you're looking to cut down your alcohol consumption completely try substituting other activities in during those times when you might usually drink. Usually this will be in the evening but you'd be surprised how many activities/hobbies there are you can take up. Check MeetUp to get inspiration if you need any!

#4  Workout Your Coping Skills

How you manage your daily stresses - which everyone has - is something which fails to get nearly enough attention as it deserves as does mental health in general. Have you ever notice that you feel too much stress when a certain problem is very overwhelming?

Your mental state is crucial to dealing with these challenges and is a whole topic in of itself. However, a few plans of actions are to list your challenges as well as your typical plans of action. Is this how you want to react when you are stressed? Separate the way you currently deal with your stresses with the ideal end-goal. Try doing this every day for a week and you will begin to cause a trigger in those moments of stress where you'll remember your ideal way of dealing with it. It may be slow at first but you will move towards your goal and most importantly lower your stress levels!

#5 Drink A Glass of Water Before Every Meal

Despite everyone understanding just how good water is, it really can not be overstated! One aspect many may not know is the affect water has on boosting your mental health on top of the already established physical benefits. Here are a few:

  • Increases Brain Power and Provides Energy. 
  • Maintains Regularity.
  • Prevents Cramps and Sprains.
  • Increases Brain Power and Provides Energy. 
  • Flush Out Toxins.
  • Prevents Headaches.
  • Improves Your Complexion.
  • Boosts Immune System.
  • Promotes Healthy Weight Management and Weight Loss.
  • Prevents Cramps and Sprains.

One effective way to get in a good habit of drinking water is a glass before each meal. This will make you feel full and hinder you from eating to much food too! 

It’s Never Too Late To Start

According to preventative cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, it's never to late to start, "even if you are age 65 or older." A low-risk lifestyle should be important for everyone, but even more so for those diagnosed with cardiovascular diesease or whom have had a heart attack. 

“Your risk increases after a heart attack, so any steps you take to reduce this risk will have a relatively greater impact.”

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