How to Live Better and Longer [Infographic]

How to Live Better and Longer
[Infographic] from LifeWellness Institute
There is a growing consensus among heath care professionals and wellness experts that the quality and length of life is directly related to lifestyle choices.

Recent studies indicate that lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress and work) play a significantly more important role in avoiding or delaying the onset of deadly chronic diseases than do genetics. In fact, emerging research suggests that heart disease, certain types of cancer and stroke (the top three causes of death in the U.S.) can be prevented and/or healed by simply adopting a healthy lifestyle.

What does a healthy lifestyle look like?

This infographic, entitled "How to Live Better and Longer", illustrates the four key components of a healthy lifestyle as well as explains their key benefits and advantages and provides practical tips to make changes.  Here are the highlights:

Diet

Avoid processed, prepared, packaged, junk and fast food and be sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, including a variety of superfoods such as purple grapes, kale and flaxseed.

Fitness

Adopt a fitness routine and be sure to perform some type of cardio (jogging or walking), strength training (weight lifting and wall squats) and flexibility (yoga and pilates) exercises on a regular basis.

Stress

Learn to manage stress in a healthy way.  This includes writing (journaling), talking with a close friend or confidant, meditating and "being present in the moment" (i.e., not constantly worrying about the past or the future).

Career

Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals to challenge yourself and grow in your career.

Related:

Your Life in Minutes - Daily Activities that Add or Subtract Years from Your Life
The Most Common Cause of Death in the U.S.
The Impact of Poor Health
Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies
Vegetables and Physical Activity - the Ultimate Way to Fitness

Infographic source, more information and tips at:
LifeWellness Institute
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