Making just a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer. Four bad behaviors: smoking, drinking too much booze, not exercising, and not eating enough fruits and veggies can age you by up to 12 years.
These nine things will help you do something about it:
If you want to live to 100, leaving a little bit of food on your plate may be a good idea. Studies found that healthy people stop eating when they are feeling only about 80 percent full.
Having satisfying sex two to three times per week can add as many as three years to your life. Getting busy can burn an impressive amount of calories — sometimes as much as running for 30 minutes.
Turn off the TV
Too much time in front of the boob tube can take a serious toll on your health. People who watch four or more hours a day are 46 percent more likely to die from any cause than people who watched less than two hours a day.
Stay out of the sun
Avoiding too much sun can head off skin cancer, and it can also keep you looking young by preventing wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin.
Research shows that you're at greater risk of heart disease without a strong network of friends and family. Loneliness can cause inflammation, and in otherwise healthy people it can be just as dangerous as having high cholesterol or even smoking.
Drink in moderation
Women who have two or more drinks a day and men who have three or more may run into detrimental effects ranging from weight gain to relationship problems. But in smaller quantities, alcohol can actually be good for you.
Eat fruits and vegetables
Getting fewer than three servings of fruits and vegetables a day can eat away at your health. Fiber and vitamins in fruits and veggies can lower your risk of heart disease by 76 percent.
Focus on fitness
Daily exercise may be the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. Regular high-intensity exercise (such as running) can add up to four years to your life.
Quitting smoking is perhaps the single most important thing you can do for your health — and your life span. A study found that women who quit smoking by age 35 add roughly six to eight years to their lives.
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