Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tips for living a long life 

From DB's Medical Rants:

  • Do not smoke (that is really a no brainer)

  • Use alcohol moderately – some alcohol trumps no alcohol for health

  • Avoid illicit drugs – marijuana is likely an exception, but even then use infrequently

  • Avoid obesity – you need not achieve thin, but rather avoid obesity – a bit overweight seems to not cause problems

  • Exercise regularly – at least modest aerobic exercise during which you raise your heart rate – I would shoot for 3 times per week on average

  • Try to eat a balanced diet – I like the Mediterranean Diet – although I cannot tell you exactly the components

  • Minimize over the counter drugs – every drug has side effects

  • Laugh daily

  • On average sleep long enough – we all have days that we cannot get enough sleep, but we should arrange our lives to usually find enough sleep time

  • Enjoy life

  • I totally agree (not that I have any applicable expertise). I do everything but the enough-sleep part. Gotta get better with that, except that it seems to interfere with "enjoy life" and "exercise regularly." 'Course, there's nothing in there about all the time spent blogging...


    By Anonymous feeblemind, at Thu Jan 07, 06:01:00 PM:

    Stress can be a real health breaker/killer. Enjoying life is a great antidote for stress.  

    By Blogger JPMcT, at Fri Jan 08, 01:02:00 AM:

    The sleep thing is quite true. I get about 4 hours a night. Then, when that expands to 6-7 on vacation weeks, I'm amazed at what a nice guy I become.  

    By Anonymous av8trinTX, at Fri Jan 08, 11:52:00 AM:

    One of the great things about being an Airline pilot was the occasional late (in the day) flight schedule. After working hard the night before you had a hotel room to yourself with no other obligations except to rest. Sleeping until you cannot sleep anymore really is a wonderful thing.  

    By Blogger rosalie, at Sat Jan 09, 08:47:00 AM:

    I try to make everything I eat from scratch. That way, I know what's in it. Yes, it takes more time, but isn't our health worth it? Also, plenty of fruits and veggies. It seems to be what older people oftentimes neglect to eat.  

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 09, 06:17:00 PM:

    "marijuana is likely an exception"

    Odd that they put that remark in, and I doubt it's true. While marijuana has some benefits for people who have certain diseases, intentionally inhaling smoke is an extremely bad idea, regardless of the source.  

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