Skin care products, health trackers, dietary supplements, there’s a never-ending list of products that attempt to mimic the Fountain of Youth. But the truth is, you don’t need any of that stuff!
A recent study from Northwestern University found that people who lead a healthy lifestyle in their 20s are likely to be at a low risk for disease in their 40s, regardless of race or sex.
A Low Body Mass Index
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is calculated using your height and your weight. It acts as a benchmark for general health. A normal BMI can range anywhere from 18.5-24.9.
No Excess Alcohol Intake
Alcohol has been in the center of a heated debate for centuries. Is it good or bad for you? How much is too much? If we’ve learned anything from behavioral science and philosophy, it’s that all things are better in moderation.
Cigarette smoking is one of the most dangerous habits we can form. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in five smokers will die from smoking-related complications. Cigarette smoking kills more people than HIV, drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, and firearms-related injuries combined. Good health and cigarette smoking simply don’t mix.
A Balanced Diet
Balanced diet is a vital key to a long, healthy life. Specifically, this study found that people who eat more calcium, potassium, and fiber, and less saturated fat, had better cardiovascular health later in life.
Moderate to intense exercise for at least half an hour a day can reduce your risk of heart disease in the long run. It makes sense, too. Your heart is a muscle, just like your biceps and glutes.