Four Rules for Living Longer

by Jason 1/24/2013 8:00 AM

“Live long and prosper.”  Even those of us who are not “Trekkies” have heard the famous Vulcan quote. I think Mr. Spock had the right idea. Who doesn’t want to live long and prosper, right? The good news is that if you take charge of your life now, you can fulfill the Vulcan legacy.

There are plenty of simple things you can do to live longer. If you incorporate these four ideas into your daily life, you will lead a healthier life, and your body will last longer.

Get plenty of sleep every night – the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Not getting the proper amount of rest makes it harder to focus, remember and react. Also, not getting enough sleep increases your risk for many chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.  Lacks of sleep can even double your risk of developing certain cancers.

Eat a healthy diet – follow the new “food plate” guidelines recommended by the USDA to make it easier to maintain your diet. The food plate will help you understand which foods are better for you and which you should not have as often. A healthy diet is a major key to having a healthy body. The healthier your body is, the longer it will last you.

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week – moderate exercise can include a fast walk, household chores, playing with your kids outside or even taking the stairs a few times. We have all heard the saying “You’re only as young as you feel.” By staying active now, you will help keep your body feeling and looking great in years to come.

Keep a regular oral hygiene routine – a clean, healthy mouth is beneficial to us in more ways than one. Brush your teeth at least twice and floss daily. A regular routine will reduce your risk of getting gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease and strokes. Also, having a clean, healthy mouth makes us feel better about ourselves!

Now go out and make Mr. Spock proud!

Do you have suggestions for living a healthier life? Leave them in the comments below!

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