Look in the header of this blog and you’ll see “Work Less” and “Live More.”
I interpret “Live More” in multiple ways. It includes doing whatever it is that makes you happiest and feel most alive. I’ll say much more about this in the future.
Live More also means living healthier — and living longer.
A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine entitled “Influence of Individual and Combined Health Behaviors on Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Men and Women” examined the long-term health effects of eating, exercise, cigarette smoking, and alchohol-intake habits of 4886 people in the United Kingdom.
The study’s conclusion:
The combined effect of poor health behaviors on mortality was substantial, indicating that modest, but sustained, improvements to diet and lifestyle could have significant public health benefits.
More details of the study from an AP/Yahoo News piece:
The risky behaviors were: smoking tobacco; downing more than three alcoholic drinks per day for men and more than two daily for women; getting less than two hours of physical activity per week; and eating fruits and vegetables fewer than three times daily.
These habits combined substantially increased the risk of death and made people who engaged in them seem 12 years older than people in the healthiest group, said lead researcher Elisabeth Kvaavik of the University of Oslo.
I think better health means a better life, and it’s not that difficult: get regular physical activity, even if it’s modest; eat mostly healthy foods; moderate alcohol intake; and don’t smoke. (Of course, the last two can be hard if you’re addicted to either drug.)
I do fairly well. I don’t smoke, I drink only rarely, I eat a good diet overall, and I exercise at least 5 hours per week, usually more.
But I think it’s important to practice moderation. I don’t exercise to the point of exhaustion or straining my joints and muscles. I eat vegetables and whole grains frequently. But I occasionally have high-fat, high-sodium, or high-sugar foods — they can be scrumptious and make me feel oh so good.
Now if I could just lose that bit of fat on my belly…
What about you? What connections do you see between your health and how you experience life? Any changes you know you should make? Will make?