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Live a decade longer by doing these 5 things!

Even better, the extra years push the inevitable decline further away from the present – in other words, you stay fitter and healthier for longer – and spend less time with poor health. So that decade could be the best one you’ll ever have! 

People who stick to these five healthy habits in adulthood can add more than a decade to their lives, reports a 30 year study in the USA.

5 Healthy Habits!

  • Don’t Smoke – it kills 50% of long term enthusiasts!

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight – too many Brits are either overweight or obese (70%!).

  • Do 30 minutes of moderate Exercise a day – inactivity is a killer, so come to BootCamp!

  • Eat a Healthy Diet high in Fruit, Vegetables and Whole Grains, and low in Red Meat, Saturated (animal) Fats and Sugar.

  • Don’t drink too much Alcohol – the NHS recommends no more than 14 units a week for men and women.

The findings are based on a US study that looked at the habits and health of about 123,000 health professionals over 30 years. Participants who adopted all 5 were 74% less likely to die during the study than those who adopted none of them. Women with these healthy habits lived 14 years longer on average than their counterparts, and men about 12 years longer.

If you’ve been leading an unhealthy lifestyle, it may be easier to switch to better habits one or two at a time. This approach may lead to you adopting more, or perhaps even all, of them. For example, if you quit smoking, you may find you have more stamina to exercise.

Encouragingly, the study did find that each healthy habit individually contributed to reducing the risk of premature death. So even if you can only manage 2 or 3 out of the 5, you’ll still get a few extra years!

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Captain Felix Deer joined the Army in 1985 and served in a number of Training Officer roles, qualifying as a Unit Fitness Officer in 1986. Since leaving the Army in 1994, Felix has sold property, built houses and flown airliners for a living, but has always maintained his keen interest in Fitness.

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