Add Years to Your Life

Caroline Schaefer, SELF magazine

Easy little tweaks will get you started, say's SELF's medical advisor, Henry Lodge, M.D. Sweet!

Peel off extra pudge.
Being even a bit overweight can shorten your life, according to research in Lancet.Figure out your BMI...is it more than 25? Start a weight loss plan. Add 1-2 years.

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Sleep seven hours.People who live longest say they snooze about that much nightly, says Daniel F. Kripke, M.D., emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of California Davis. Add 1-2 years.

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Push harder in Spin.
Cycling workouts with intense bursts torch more fat and can extend your years more than longer, slower biking, researchers at Bispebjerg University Hospital find. Add 4 years.


Eat tastier meals.
Foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (dark chocolate, veggies, fish) prettify skin and, research in BMJ indicates, could lower heart disease risk. Add 5 years.


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Go for a jog.Running-even slowly-three times a week is great for your bones, heart and mood, says Peter Schnohr, M.D., chief cardiologist for the Copenhagen City Heart Study. Add 5-6 years.


Quit smoking.
Women who snuff their cigarette habit by age 35 enjoy a much longer life than their tobacco-puffing peers, the American Journal of Public Health notes. Add 7 years.



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