Don’t Just Live Long. Live Well.

Quality of life is as important as length of life. And nothing helps improve the quality of your life like staying healthy and fit. You’ve probably heard all of this before, but it’s nice to have a clear list of the recommendations for a long, healthy life.

First Are The Things To DO:

  • Keep moving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can cut your chances of developing heart disease and cancer by exercising regularly. Try brisk walking to get your heart rate up for 10-15 minutes each day and do some strength training at least twice a week to build your muscles.
  • Watch your weight. Extra pounds jeopardize your health in many ways, including increasing your chances of developing arthritis and mobility issues.
  • Eat healthy.  Make sure you eat more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low- and nonfat dairy, legumes, lean meats, and fish than processed food.
  • Floss daily. The bacteria that lead to gum-disease are increasingly being associated with heart disease as well.
  • Get rest. Sleep helps bolster your immune system and also helps you avoid accidents, which stem from being fatigued. A minimum of six hours per night is a good goal.
  • Block the sun. Sunscreen, brimmed hats and UV-blocking shades can all protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and help you to avoid skin cancer and cataracts.
  • Socializing. Some research suggests that keeping the brain active with writing, reading, or playing games such as crossword puzzles can cut our chances of developing Alzheimer’s. 

Then There Are The Things NOT TO DO:

  • Don’t be a carnivore. Some meat is okay, but the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends no more than 18 oz. of cooked meat per week.
  • Don’t over indulge. Men should have no more than two alcoholic drinks per day and women no more than one. Excessive alcohol can bring on certain cancers.
  • Don’t smoke. Period. It’s never too late to quit. Contact the helpline if you need help in making this happen.
  • Don’t over treat. Excessive testing and overreliance on medications such as antibiotics can actually be harmful. You should always discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of tests or drugs.