You probably know which healthy habits you should be following, and which naughtier ones to cut out. But for those having a little trouble staying motivated, a major new study has revealed the benefits of sticking with it.
And they’re pretty substantial.
In fact, the reward for certain clean living behaviours is more than a decade of extra life.
So what are we talking about?
Eating a healthy diet
Regularly exercising – that means at least 30 minutes per day
Maintaining a healthy body weight
Not boozing too much. That means up to one glass of wine per day for women or two for men.
Swerving the smokes during your adult years.
Nothing too surprising in there. Chances are you already implement at least a couple of these recommendations.
But while you’re at it, why not try and go the whole hog?
For, by doing all of the above, the study showed that you can add more than 10 years to your life expectancy. We’re actually talking an average of 14 years for women and 12 years for men.
Drilling deeper into the 30 year study shows that people who stuck to these five guidelines had 82% less chance of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who didn’t follow any of the healthy lifestyle habits, and 65% less chance of dying from cancer.
Although the study specifically looked at Americans, the findings are relevant for people worldwide.
The study’s senior author Frank Hu said the findings highlight the importance of following healthy lifestyle habits to improve longevity.
“However, adherence to healthy lifestyle habits is very low,” he continued.
“Therefore, public policies should put more emphasis on creating healthy food, built, and social environments to support and promote healthy diet and lifestyles.”