NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – While it may seem like a no-brainer, there’s finally proof that living a healthy lifestyle pays off.
A recently published study shows maintaining five healthy habits can add decades to your life expectancy.
“The article makes complete sense, those are things we talk to people about all the time,” said Dr. Phillip Snider with Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.
Researchers looked at data on tens of thousands of men and women and discovered these 5 habits really do make a difference in life expectancy:
– A healthy diet
– Regular exercise
– Healthy body weight
– Limited alcohol intake
– No smoking
“You can add years to your life but you can also add quality to the years of your life,” Dr. Snider told WAVY.com.
Women who maintained all five healthy habits gained, on average, 14 years of life, and men who did so gained 12 years, compared with those who didn’t maintain healthy habits
Dr. Snider said if he had to choose just one healthy habit to start with it would be exercise.
“It’s just so good for the body, physically, emotionally and mentally.”
150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, that means you can do it while carrying on a conversation, or 75 minutes a week of more intense exercise.
Dr. Snider’s biggest warning is about the alcohol.
“All the cardiologists say a drink or two a day is good for the heart but none of the oncologists said any amount of alcohol was safe.”
Overall, Dr Snider says moderation is key to anything in life — and it’s never too late or early to start.