The Real Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

Woman running on soft surfaceRegular exercise and eating healthy foods is good for us. So is limiting alcohol and not smoking.

But how much of a difference do these healthy behaviors make?

If you practice all four of them, you could be 63 percent less likely to die early, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s compared to people who don’t practice any of the healthy behaviors.

The biggest protection from dying early is to not smoke.

“If you want to lead a longer life and feel better, you should adopt healthy behaviors – not smoking, getting regular physical activity, eating healthy and avoiding excessive alcohol use,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden in a news release.

People who practice all four health behaviors were 66 percent less likely to die early from cancer, 65 percent less likely to die early from cardiovascular disease and 57 percent less likely to die early from other causes compared to people who did not follow any of the healthy practices, the news release said.

Federal health officials say the study underscores the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. Although fewer people are smoking, only a small percentage of people have adopted all four of the healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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