Five Easy Ways to Get, Stay Healthy
The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study reveals that people can lower their risk of diabetes by 90 percent and their risk of heart disease by 80 percent simply by exercising, improving their eating habits, and giving up smoking. In addition to these basic health rules, there are others that Dr. JoAnn Manson of Brigham and Women’s Hospital recommends. According to Manson, people should wear a pedometer and make an effort to walk 10,000 steps each day and walk briskly for 30 minutes or more. It is also important for people to lift weights a few times each week for 20 minutes and avoid taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks without first consulting a doctor. Manson recommends that most of a person’s daily vitamin intake come from foods, though it is important for women to ensure they take folic acid and calcium supplements; and to lower cancer risks and promote heart and brain health, she urges people to eat at least two servings of darker fish–salmon, tuna, mackerel, or herring–each week.
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