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7 Things Healthy People Don’t Do

7 Things Healthy People Don’t Do

Do you want to get healthier in 2014?

Are you tired of having low energy, a few extra pounds, or just not feeling as good as you know you should?

If so, there’s a couple ways to get healthier. The first is to do what healthy people do. Those are pretty simple though, right? Eat healthy foods. Exercise. Get enough sleep.

But another effective way to get healthier this year is to stop doing the things that healthy people don’t do. That’s right, if you want to lose a few inches off your waist, exercise more, and get more energy, cut out these behaviors and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier new you in the new year.

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1. They don’t overeat.

The Japanese have a saying haru hachi bu, which loosely translated means to eat until you’re 80% full.

Well, it just so happens that the Japanese are some of the healthiest people on the planet. They eat a diet rich in vegetables & lean protein (mostly fish), and low in processed foods. But what may be more important than what they eat is how much they eat.

This flies in the face of what lots of us learned as kids. Remember your mother scolding you for leaving food on your plate, even though you didn’t want to eat anymore? Well that parental pushing may be part of the cause of our obesity crisis today.

But all is not lost. Just learn how to eat like the Japanese, and push away your plate when you’re 80% full. Try it for a week and I bet you’ll be slimmer and have more energy.

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And call your mother while you’re at it…she misses you!

2. They don’t treat exercise as optional.

Healthy people view exercise as a mandatory part of their daily schedule, not a “maybe” to get to if they have time. They know that if they start missing a few workouts in a row, that can snowball into an unhealthy habit…and that’s something they won’t allow.

So how can you treat your workout as a must? First, schedule your workouts for the week and treat them like any other important appointment. Would you think about skipping a meeting with your boss, or doctor? We didn’t think so. Treat your workout as an appointment with someone even more important…your future self, and don’t ever skip out on it.

3. They don’t smoke.

Although smoking rates have been on the decline over the past decade, there are still way too many people who enjoy this nasty habit. If you walk outside of any popular restaurant or lounge at night, you’re sure to see people on the corner huddled in their coats, taking a few drags.

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Healthy people know that smoking is one of the unhealthiest habits around. It ruins cardiovascular health, increases risk for cancer, and is one of the first things any doctor or other health professional would want  you to stop doing.

So if you’re currently smoking, find a program to help you quit. It’s not something to save for the future. Pick a day, commit to it, and make that nasty habit a thing of your past.

4. They don’t eat fast food, processed food & candy.

Sure, grabbing a cheese burger or a Snickers every now and then isn’t the worst thing in the world. But you’ll never catch healthy people eating these fake-foods as a part of their regular diet.

Instead, healthy people focus on real foods like fruits & vegetables, lean proteins, nuts & seeds, and whole grains. If it was made in a factory or has ingredients you can’t pronounce, you won’t find healthy people eating it day in, day out.

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5. They don’t make excuses.

Getting and staying healthy is no easy task, so you’ll find that healthy people have developed a certain mental toughness that carries over to other areas of their life. That means you won’t find healthy people making excuses about why they missed a workout, couldn’t hit their sales number, or forgot to call on your birthday.

Instead, healthy people know they’re accountable for their actions and have the confidence to own up to their mistakes, knowing over the long-haul they’ve got what it takes to win.

6. They don’t seek short-term rewards.

Unhealthy people look for any quick way to feel good. Playing video games, smoking cigarettes, or eating a cheeseburger can all feel good for a few minutes, but over the long-term they can cause problems in other areas of life.

Healthy people don’t look for a quick-fix to anything in life. Instead, they show restraint at the buffet, at the bar, and at the office. They know that if they put in their time and work hard, they’ll develop results in every area of their life, not just on the scale or at the gym.

7. They don’t expect to be taken care of.

Healthy people have a sense of control of their life. After achieving results physically, they develop the confidence to succeed in other areas of life. This means they don’t expect anyone to give them a handout. Instead you’ll find healthy people working for whatever it is they want – a promotion at work, a new relationship, or a new car.

The confidence of building a healthy body leads to the belief they can build a successful life.

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Dan Cassidy

Dan is the CEO & Founder of Inspiyr, aspiring to help people live a happy and successful life.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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