If you want to reduce your risk of chronic disease likes diabetes, CHD, and cancer by almost 80%, the following are 4 healthy lifestyle habits that you can begin doing that can reduce your risk of chronic diseases.
- Never smoking – In fact, stopping can decrease your risk by 50% in one year!
- Eating a Healthy Diet – Any guesses on this? How about lots of color and fiber with fruits, vegetables, whole grains (like oatmeal, brown rice, barley and whole wheat bread) and low fat choices…say goodbye to Buffalo wings and “fried everything” from chicken nuggets to fried pickles!
- Getting at least ½ hour of daily moderate exercise/day…We are not just talking about trips to the gym but becoming an “energy waster.” Just 10 min/day of brisk walking can decrease risk of a heart attack by 50% in one year (30 min walking/day = 70% decreased heart attack risk). Your new exercise machine might be found at your local dog pound!
- Maintaining a BMI less than 30!… A body mass index less than 30 means you are not obese! When the weight goes up, so do problems like sleep apnea, knee and back problems, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, and the risk of many cancers!