Lifestyle Choices to Promote Health and Longevity

1
Getting regular and adequate amounts of sleep.

Getting a regular amount of sleep is important to give your body a chance to restore and regenerate not only the proverbial "batteries" but to attend to all of the metabolic functions required by the body, such as regenerating old cells, getting rid of wastes and repairing cell damage.

2
Eating regular well-balanced meals, including breakfast.

A healthy balanced diet can help provide energy, lower risks for certain diseases--heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancers--while maintaining a normal weight.

Certain diseases or conditions have proven relationships with specific nutrition and/or dietary elements. These different diseases can be affected positively and negatively by what you eat.

  • Diet and Disease - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia

3
Engaging in regular physical activity.

Thirty minutes a day of regular physical activity contributes to health by reducing the heart rate, decreasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, and reducing the amount of bone loss that is associated with age and osteoporosis.

  • The Benefits of Regular Exercise - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia
  • Exercise and Weight Loss - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia
  • Exercise for Beginners - From About's Guide to Exercise, Paige Waehner

4
Maintaining a healthy body weight.

Physical activity helps the body use calories more efficiently, thereby helping in weight loss and maintenance. Additionally, sixty minutes of regular physical activity will help in maintaining weight.
  • Weight Management - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia
  • Height and Weight Tables - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia
  • Exercise and Weight Loss - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia

5
Not using tobacco products--smoking, chewing, snuff or others.

Chronic exposure to the nicotine in tobacco may accelerate coronary artery disease, peptic ulcer disease, reproductive disturbances, esophageal reflux, hypertension, fetal illnesses and death and lead to delayed wound healing.

6
Using alcohol in moderation or not at all.

Moderate alcohol consumption (one drink for women, two for men) is associated with a lower risk or heart disease. Higher levels of alcohol can lead to health and behavioral problems, including an increased risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, some cancers, accidents, violence, suicide and deaths in general.
  • Alcohol Use - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia
  • Alcohol and Diet - From ADAM's Illustrated Health Encyclopedia

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