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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

5 Health Move Musts to Start Now

The health choices you make now will dictate your health in the future; start being healthy today and you'll feel the positive effects for years to come.

1. GET A LIFE.
 People who feel a sense of purpose in life and a responsibility beyond taking care of themselves-like organizing adopt-a-thons at the animal shelter or throwing not-to-be-missed soirees for friends-tend to deal with stress better than those who don't, Dr. Roizen says. These activities give you a strong sense of self and a support system to ground you when stress strikes.


2. FLOSS.
 Everyday. Not flossing can increase chances of periodontal disease, which could increase your risk of giving birth to a premature or low-birthweight baby. Inflammation from periodontal disease can also set you up for heart disease. 2


3. LEARN TO COOK.
This makes you more likely to eat at home, which is better for your heart and your weight than living on takeout. But one warning: Most people use too much oil when they sauté and end up deep-frying food accidentally, Dr. Roizen says. For two boneless, skinless chicken breasts, you need no more than one-and-a-half tablespoons of oil.

4. STOP SMOKING.
Other than major life stressors (like a death in the family), nothing ages the body like cigarettes. Quitting is the best thing you can do for yourself-and your health, and your looks …

5. WALK EVERYWHERE.
A daily, brisk, 30-minute walk is the closest thing we may get to a wonder drug, says Dr. Roizen. "It's one of the best ways to keep your arteries young and your immune system strong-two keys to living well beyond age 90."

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