Harvard has a new study out regarding habits that may help extend your life. Of course, it’s no surprise that the first item on the list is no tobacco products. These products have been linked to a variety of health problems, so if you want to extend your life, I strongly suggest that you never begin using tobacco, or if you have, please stop. Your life depends on it.
Another item on the list is keeping a low BMI (body mass index). Keeping the fat down is always a good idea. The other habit that goes right along with this is cardio for at least 30 minutes a day. How many times have we been told that we absolutely need to exercise? Not only does it make you feel better but doing so can help you live longer.
So, the last two habits are avoiding alcohol consumption and eating a healthy diet. As far as alcohol consumption is concerned, I recommend watching the documentary The Truth About Alcohol (I watched it on Netflix). There is a ton of information in this documentary, and will hopefully help you to drink much less, or stop drinking completely. (That’s what it did to me, and I don’t regret giving up my occasional glass of wine at all.) The latest nutrition information has changed from promoting a lot of meat and dairy to promoting the health benefits of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, with only small amounts of meat and dairy. I myself am vegan, so I just concentrate my diet on fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. If you’re at all interested in the scientific data that supports non-meat/non-dairy consumption, I recommend nutritionfacts.org.
Well, there you have it – five new habits to add to your daily life!