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7 Habits of Healthy People

We've all heard of the seven habits of highly effective people (remember the book that everyone was reading?) but what about the 7 habits of healthy people? Now that is a book I would want to read!

A new study from the UCLA School of Public Health followed 7,000 healthy people for 35 years. The study showed that following their habits not only predicted lower mortality, but those who lived longer also suffered fewer disabilities. So if you want to follow in their footsteps, here are the seven habits of healthy people:

  1. Don't smoke.
  2. Drink moderately or don't drink at all.
  3. Get a good night's sleep of seven or eight hours.
  4. Exercise 30 minutes at a time, several times a week. Walking vigorously is a top choice.
  5. Forget the scales. Eat moderately to maintain weight in relation to height.
  6. Eat regularly, whether that's two meals a day, three or five. Whatever you do normally, keep it up because it's the regularity of life and moderation in eating, sleeping and exercising that makes all the difference.
  7. Eat breakfast every day.

Fit's Tip: I know these may seem obvious, but it is nice to have a study backing it up every once in a while.


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Anais18 Anais18 10 years
This is exactly how I live my life! great :-)
krisua krisua 10 years
A thing that are on slight opposition to the overall "healthy" eating habit requirements: they say that you should eat at least 4 times a day. So I guess 2x is okay too? Hmm it's considerably less calories then, too... and more burning.
DeaconP DeaconP 10 years
i pretty much do all of these - but every now and then i forget about the 'moderate' drinking thing...
SU3 SU3 10 years
I need to work on the seven to eight hours of sleep! It's especially difficult when I have to work nights... still haven't gotten totally used to it. :(
lady-T lady-T 10 years
i find it very difficult to eat at the same time everyday..i hardly ever eat at the same time!! :(
andaman andaman 10 years
The Hang Over is not very nice either.
andaman andaman 10 years
Thanks fitsugar, this is what i try to do most of the time. I think if you can't drink moderately don't drink at all. Too many girls in UK suffer from binge drinking. It's not very nice to see women drunk. it's a very bad (in fact terrible) look.
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