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11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live To 100

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Published inThe Huffington Post on 1/18/12

Authored By Deborah Kotz for U.S. News Health

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So, What are the 11 Habits Cited?

1. Dont Retire
2. Floss Every Day
3. Move Around
4. Eat a Fiber-Rich Cereal For Breakfast
5. Get at Least Six Hours Of Shut-Eye
6. Consume Whole Foods, Not Supplements
7. Be Less Neurotic
8. Live Like a Seventh Day Adventist *
9. Be A Creature of Habit

10.Stay Connected
11. Be Conscientious

One of the biggest factors that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A study published in 2009 in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol.

While those are some of the obvious steps you can take to age well, researchers have discovered that centenarians tend to share certain traits in how they eat, move about, and deal with stress — the sorts of things we can emulate to improve our own aging process. Of course, getting to age 100 is enormously more likely if your parents did. (Recent research suggests that centenarians are 20 times as likely as the average person to have at least one long-lived relative.) Still, Thomas Perls, who studies the century-plus set at Boston University School of Medicine, believes that assuming you’ve sidestepped genes for truly fatal diseases like Huntington’s, “there’s nothing stopping you from living independently well into your 90s.” Heck, if your parents and grandparents were heavy smokers, they might have died prematurely without ever reaching their true potential lifespan, so go ahead and shoot for those triple digits. Follow these 11 habits and check out Perls’ lifetime risk calculator to see how long you can expect to live.

* Note This:

Americans who define themselves as Seventh Day Adventists have an average life expectancy of 89, about a decade longer than the average American. One of the basic tenets of the religion is that it’s important to cherish the body that’s on loan from God, which means no smoking, alcohol abuse, or overindulging in sweets. Followers typically stick to a vegetarian diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts, and get plenty of exercise. They’re also very focused on family and community.

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5 Cheap Ways To Stay Healthy!

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by Helene Mansion (Adelaide, Australia)

Since many people are very conscious about the look of their body, many are looking for ways to keep fit and slim. For those who are lucky enough like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie where they have sufficient funds to go to the gym and other facilities or to have their bodies done thru medical procedures, it is certainly very easy to get a nice looking body.

But for the regular John Doe, it can be very difficult to spend the money required for membership in a gym or to buy slimming medicines.

If you are one of those regular citizens who don’t have enough money to even consult a personal trainer, then don’t be too sad or depressed since there are simple ways to be healthy and slim.

Yes, you don’t even have to go to the gym. All you have to do is act as normal as possible to be healthy. Take a peek as the list below – you will see there are lots of ways to be healthy that do not cost anything at all. Read the rest of this entry


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