Monday, May 10, 2010

Tips to lead a Healthy Life

It is anticipated that genes are about 30% responsible for our overall health and how we age, while 70% is due to our lifestyle. Following recommendations from the experts, most of which focus on moderation, can help you to live a healthier life.

  • Eat a healthy diet. This means limiting your total fat consumption to 30% or less of total calories, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and not overeating.
  • Exercise regularly. Find an activity that you enjoy and do it at least 5 days per week. Exercising is helpful for cardiovascular health, weight control and bone health. Moreover it will help you to feel better by reducing stress.
  • Eliminate bad habits. If you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, limit yourself and slowly try to give up. Identify other bad habits in your life and develop a plan for eliminating them.
  • Relax and enjoy life. Life in the 21st century is very stressful and stress has been linked to a number of illnesses because it weakens our immune systems. If relaxing doesn't come easy to you, try an activity like yoga, tai chi or meditation.
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