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9 Tips for a long, healthy and happy life

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English poet George Herbert said that the best revenge is living well, but the truth is that living well is not just a means to an end but an end in itself. You shouldn’t have to want to get back at somebody in order to lead a well-lived life – but then again, if you follow these tips you will surely make some jaws drop when the time comes for your next high school reunion.

Are you 43 going on 75?  Do you think that 40 isn’t old – as long as you’re a tree? Do you feel like age is just a number – and a pretty big number in your case? Well, as it turns out, it is never too late to start making healthier lifestyle choices. What’s more, if up to know you have been a sedentary, smoker/drinker, you know, the whole nine yards – or more accurately, the whole enchilada, because let’s face it, you couldn’t even run nine yards to save your life, but could definitely put away more than one whole enchilada – well, that’s just all the more reason to make a change for the better while you still have time.

The following 9 tips can help you prevent and manage obesity, heart disease, diabetes, neuropathy, and other life-threatening medical conditions. And not only will you feel better, but you will look about as good as you feel too. And the best part is that none of these pieces of advice include the three C’s (clean living, chewing thoroughly, and a daily dose of vitamin church, in case you were wondering).

9 tips for living long, healthily, and happily
1.       Cut down on sugar ·         Too much sugar can lead to excess calories, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay. Man-refined sugar added to foods and drinks pack generally pack more empty calories than you can shake a stick at.
2.       Eating right ·         Favor fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables; lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; calcium-rich foods.

·         Avoid saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.

·         Also remember that it’s not only what you eat but how you eat it. For example, you can still enjoy a guilty pleasure now and then; just make sure to eat it less often and in smaller amounts. And avoid unhealthy eating habits such as eating too fast, always cleaning your plate, eating when not hungry, eating standing up, always eating dessert, and skipping meals.

3.       Turn the TV off ·         Today’s TV shows are bad enough to make you drop quite a few IQ points, but the real damage comes from all that time spent sitting down – and let’s be honest, snacking too – which keeps you away from healthier and more productive activities. You know you’re in trouble when The Walking Dead actually walk more than you do.
4.       Get up off your seat ·         Now that you’ve turned off the boob tube, you can do some exercise, or at the very least sit on an exercise ball. Overall, remember to stand up every 30 minutes.
5.       Walk every day ·         When we talk about exercise it doesn’t mean that you have to join a gym or become a professional athlete – though neither is a bad idea. A brisk 20 minute walk every day is a very popular aerobic exercise. And the good news is that walking to work, or to the store, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator all count as physical activity.
6.       Laughter is a pretty good medicine ·         Not a giggle, not a chuckle, not a tee-hee… never went ‘Ha!’? Not even a smirk? Then it’s time to turn that frown upside down. Laughing relaxes the entire body, boosts the immune system, releases endorphins, improves relationships, and enhances mental health.
7.       Keep a journal ·         Jotting down your thoughts and emotions can help you better understand them and release the stress you would otherwise experience if you kept them bottled up inside.
8.       Cold showers ·         A quick, cold shower promotes circulation, leaves your skin and hair healthy, and gives you a jolt of energy when you need it most – beats an energy drink any time.
9.       Soak up the sun ·         The sun is your daily dose of vitamin D  and helps keep the blues away. Just make sure to wear sunscreen.
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