So you want to be healthy, right? Every day, right?
It’s possible, and well within your control. Today. Why today? Because every day we make over a thousand choices that impact our health, which means you can choose the right thing again and again and again. As importantly, if you don’t make a great choice, you’ve got at least nine hundred and ninety more choices to make to correct it.
A European study has shown the obvious: those who maintained a healthy weight, didn’t light up a cigarette, found time to exercise for at least three-and-a-half hours per week (that’s only 30 minutes a day) and chose plant-based foods (think broccoli, hummus and whole wheat pita over that juicy quarter-pounder with cheese) had a whopping 78 percent less likelihood of developing a chronic disease (yup, that’s heart disease, diabetes, most cancers, etc).
Good health is all about lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle. The easiest way to change your lifestyle is to make different choices every day. Not tomorrow, not next week, not at the end of this wonderful summer. Little changes, every day.
Here’s how to start:
By focusing on better health using baby steps, your goals will become attainable: Reach for a fresh peach instead of a cookie. Park at the edge of the lot and walk further to the grocery store; if you’re commuting, get off the train a stop early and walk the rest of the way. Or take a conference call on your cell phone (using a headset) instead of at your desk.
Add a tiny little tweak like this today, and then turn today into every day. Add years—healthy years—to your life.
What change will you make today?
Ford ES, Bergmann MM, Kröger J, Schienkiewitz A, Weikert C, Boeing H. Healthy living is the best revenge: findings from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam study. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Aug 10.
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