Live better so you can live longerThe biggest man-killer of them all is complacency. If you want to live to your potential (up to and beyond 120 years according to many sources!), the best advice in the world won’t do you any good if you don’t stop and think about how your actions today will affect your life tomorrow. The 3 biggest obstacles to healthy longevity are cigarette smoking, an inactive lifestyle and obesity. Here are some simple tips on not killing yourself:
1. Eat 30% less. With about 300,000 obesity related deaths annually in the U.S. alone, The Institute of Aging found that consuming 30% fewer calories daily appears to slow the aging process.
2. Drink less. Harvard researchers found that men who consume 2-6 drinks per week had nearly half the death risk of men who consumed 2 or more drinks per day.
3. Medicate less. According to the University of CA, medication related deaths increased 250% from 1983-93. Researchers at the University of MD found that “you’re especially at risk if you take multiple medications, see more than one physician or have prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy.”
4. Move more. Walk, dance, breathe deeply - you'll be astounded at how much difference consistent, simple movement will make in your life.
The Bottom Line: STRESS LESS
While stress is rarely listed as a cause of death, it is almost always an accomplice. Try reducing incoming data for one day each week. Declare one day as no new information day... No TV, no radio, no internet, no newspapers, no magazines......no kidding.