Simple Tips To Add Years

shutterstock_73111324No, the secret to a long and happy life isn’t the latest prescription drug on the market or your great-aunt Ruth’s chicken soup. Surprisingly enough, the secret to a long life isn’t a secret at all. If you take care of your physical and mental health throughout your years, you’re likely to have more of them. But caring for your health is a lot easier said than done. Living a healthy lifestyle takes willpower and time that many people just don’t have. Fortunately, there’s a simpler way. A few small daily lifestyle changes can go a long way to helping you have a healthier life today and more years tomorrow.

Diet

The saying, “you are what you eat,” exists for a reason, and while you’re probably not at risk of turning into a side of mashed potatoes, it’s true that your diet impacts your health. Unfortunately, eating healthy can often be much more time consuming than eating fattening or sweet convenience foods on the run. To fit healthy eating into your busy lifestyle, prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them in bags labeled with their cooking instructions. Keep non-perishable, healthy snacks in your vehicle to curb your temptation for fast food. Good choices include granola bars, dried fruits, and whole-wheat crackers. Look for low calorie and low fat options when dining out. Most restaurants can provide you with nutrition information about your meal and many have special selections available for health conscious patrons. If you love to guzzle soda, lemonade, or other sweet drinks – carry a water bottle, and you’ll be less likely to buy unhealthy beverages. Finally, keep track of what you eat. If you set a goal to eat healthier, you’ll feel great each day you accomplish it!

Exercise

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you should spend at least 150 minutes per week doing moderate aerobic activity, such as walking quickly, swimming, or vacuuming. In addition, the department recommends doing strength training twice per week. But when you sit at a desk from nine to five and have personal obligations afterward, it can be hard to find the time. Fortunately being conscious about the activity you’re getting can make achieving that 150 minutes easier. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking far away from your office so you’ll spend more time walking. Wear a pedometer to track your steps, and you’ll quickly find yourself trying to walk more each day.  Take a brisk, 30-minute walk around your neighborhood on your days off, and quickly knock out 60 of your 150 minutes. No time for strength training at the gym? Get it at home by picking up the kids or hauling the cat food in from the car. Set reasonable exercise goals and try to meet them – as you do, increase them!

Mental Health

If you eat healthy foods and exercise daily, but live your life in constant stress and anxiety, you are at high risk of a diminished life span. Numerous scientific studies have proven the connection between mental and physical health. Stress and anger can lead to heart problems and over eating. Anxiety can cause gastrointestinal, respiratory, and cardiac disorders. To enjoy longer years, schedule some time in your day to relax and deal healthily with issues of anger, depression, anxiety, and stress.

People have always sought the secret to a long life, but it isn’t really a secret at all – long lives are healthy lives. At SelectQuote, we want you to have a happy, healthy life today and many long, joyful years ahead. If you adopt small lifestyle changes one by one, we’re sure you’ll get there.

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