People who have five lifestyle habits by age 50 can add 12-14 years to their life according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
It’s the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of adopting low-risk lifestyle factors on life expectancy in the U.S., where residents have a lower life expectancy than nearly all other high-income countries in the world.
The five habits are:
- Not smoking
- Eating a healthy diet
- Regularly exercising
- Keeping a healthy body weight (BMI less than 25)
- Moderate alcohol consumption
Making healthy choices early in life can add quality years to your life. Going for a weekly bike ride and adopting meatless Mondays are simple changes most people can make right now. And while some of the habits may be harder to adopt, they can be achieved by committing to lifestyle modifications rather than making drastic changes that will be hard to maintain over time.