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Add Years to Your Life

Exercise isn't the only thing you can do to live longer. Here are nine things you can do today, that may add years to your life.

Get out during lunch.

Take a walk, jog or go for a bike ride. Natural sunlight is an anti-depressant and helps promote sleep. Getting out for just 30 minutes of exercise a day will help you lose weight and sleep better. Speaking of sleep...

Get more sleep.

Turn off the TV and create a quiet, comfortable environment in your bedroom. If the TV is on, research has shown you don't get as much deep, relaxing rest. If you have to do something before turning in for the night, pick up that book you've been meaning to read and enjoy a chapter or two. Then you can mark one more thing off your list of things to do. Speaking of lists...

Make a list, and edit it.

Detail all the things you've been planning on doing. Painting a room, writing a book or learning how to play a musical instrument. Next decide which of those things you really want to do and make time for them. Anything you can't spend an hour a week working on you should drop from the list. Spend your time accomplishing things, not wishing you had. Too busy to do anything? Then you should...

Give up TV one day a week.

Did you know the average American watches TV four hours a day? Use the extra time to schedule your workouts for the rest of the week. Cook and freeze a couple healthy meals to eat when you're too busy to cook. For hundreds of ideas visit our recipe section by clicking here. The ones with a Freezer Friendly logo you can make and freeze for easy reheating later. Speaking of food...

Eat a healthy breakfast.

People who eat breakfast are 44 percent less likely to be overweight. It's an extremely important meal since your body has gone without any food for several hours. You need energy to start your day. And there's a bonus. If you eat a healthy breakfast before you leave the house you'll be less likely to stop by the donut shop for a quick sugar/carb/fat fix and the guilt that comes with eating those foods. Click here for delicious and good for you breakfast recipes. To help you stay healthy you should also...

Drink more water.

Did you know that researchers at Loma Linda University discovered drinking five or more 8 ounce glasses of water a day can lower your risk of heart disease by 60 percent? That's the same drop you get when you quit smoking or begin exercising. Plus it gives you a feeling of being full without any of the excess calories. Now about your private life...

Use a condom.

Every time. It'll protect you from what other people may have, and them from what you may not want to give. They work. Trust me on this one. And here's something you can do now, for free...

Learn your numbers.

Use the free machine at the pharmacy to find out what your blood pressure is. Find out what your Body Mass Index is and what it should be. Click Here to learn what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is! Have someone test your body fat percentage and make a resolution to improve it. What else can I say but...

Follow this advice!

I can go on and on, but none of it will make a difference unless you actually put these ideas to use. Cut out this article and put it on your refrigerator. Choose one thing and do it NOW!

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3/4/2004