4 Habits for a Healthy Life

Whether your goal is weight loss or lifelong health, these 4 habits distill the best advice we have for living a healthy life.

1. Get Physical

From Okinawa to Sardinia, the healthiest people in the world all have one thing in common: they build physical activity into their day. Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 times per week. It doesn't matter if it's walking, cycling, or yoga. The key is to get your heart rate up.

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2. Hydrate

Hydration Guide

Hydration is so fundamental to health that it usually gets overlooked. Your body is comprised of around 70 percent water, which means staying hydrated is crucial in helping increase circulation, keeping your skin fresh, maintaining energy levels, lubricating joints, and clearing toxins from your body. Water can, in fact, be quite challenging for some people to drink, as the lack of flavor can make you more cognizant of the act of swallowing, which can induce a gag reflex. 

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3. Reduce Calories

Eat Fewer Calories

What you eat certainly matters, but how much you eat can be even more important. Portion sizes in the United States have been steadily increasing, even while activity levels are declining. That's not a story that ends well. Portion control and limiting processed (and often high calorie) foods are essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Reduced calorie intake has also been shown to increase life expectancy, even for people with a healthy BMI (NIH Study). 

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4) Cut Back on Sugar

Cut back on sugar
Let's face it, sugar is everywhere (see: 6 Names for Hidden Sugars) and we are consuming it in ever greater quantities. High sugar intake is one of the primary causes of obesity and insulin resistance (NIH Study). Cutting back on sugar in your diet can have enormous health benefits, such as (MNT):

  • Losing weight and preventing obesity
  • More energy throughout the day
  • Clearer skin
  • Fewer mood swings
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced risk of digestive conditions
  • Reduced risk for type 2 diabetes

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