Follow these 18 simple rules and you won’t just live longer—you’ll make those (many, many) years count.
1. Stop smoking
Four years after doing so, your chance of having a heart attack falls to that of someone who has never smoked.
After ten years, your lung cancer risk drops to nearly that of a nonsmoker.
Concerned? See your doctor as techniques for earlier detection and new treatments for lung cancer exist.
2. Exercise daily
Thirty minutes of activity is all that’s necessary. Three ten-minute walks will do it. Or if you are keen for a run check out this expert advice on the pros and cons of running.
3. Eat your produce
Fruit, vegetables … whatever your favourites are, just make sure you eat them every day.
This delicious fruit salad is ideal for upping your daily fruit count.
4. Get screened
No need to go test-crazy; just get the health screenings recommended for your stage of life.
Check with your doctor to make sure you’re up-to-date.
Just be honest. How much you smoke, drink, eat, exercise and whether you use protection during sex or while out in the sun matters.
5. Make sleep a priority
For most adults who want to live to 100, that means seven to eight hours every night.
If you have a tough time turning off the light, remember that sleep deprivation raises the risk of heart disease, cancer, and more.
We’ve debunked the common untruths surrounding sleep to help you get a good night’s rest.
6. Ask your doctor about low-dose aspirin
Heart attack, stroke, even cancer—a single 81 mg tablet per day may fight them all.
(Aspirin comes with risks, though, so don’t start on your own.)
If you’re older, you are at risk from the major problem of over-prescribing.
7. Know your blood pressure numbers
8. Stay connected
9. Cut back on saturated fat
It’s the raw material your body uses for producing LDL, bad cholesterol.
For decades, doctors and medical organisations have viewed saturated fat as the raw material for a heart attack.
But newer research has some experts questioning whether we’ve convicted the wrong criminal.
10. Get help for depression
It doesn’t just feel bad; it does bad things to your body.
In fact, when tacked onto diabetes and heart disease, it increases risk of early death by as much as 30 percent.
Here’s 10 surprising ways to be happier without really trying.