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Top 10 Resolutions for Longevity

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Updated June 15, 2007

All of us can do something to improve our change of living a long and healthy life. Take time now to choose one of these resolutions and make it happen. You will feel better now and years from now.

1. Drink Tea

Tea, especially green tea, is loaded with antioxidants that help prevent damage to your body. Tea has also been shown to reduce stress. Drink several cups of tea daily to help extend your life and make your day more relaxing.

2. Slow Down When You Eat

Eating too fast results in mindlessly eating 100s of extra calories every day. Learn to slow down and pay attention to what you are eating.

3. Relax

Relaxation brings with it numerous benefits such as lower blood pressure, better cardiovascular health, and better sleep. Take at least 5 minutes daily to just let go of your stress. Once you get in the habit of doing this, the benefits will pile up.

4. Eat Chocolate

Dark chocolate (which contains over 70% cocoa) is a complex food that has numerous antioxidants which help prevent damage in your body. Eat a few tablespoons a day for better heart health (but remember to count those chocolate calories!)

5. Get Tested

Early diagnosis of diseases can give you a chance to take action before severe damage is done. Get screened for common conditions in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

6. Organize Your Medical Information

Unfortunately, in our current medical system you must be your own advocate. Keep your medical information current and organized. If you have a problem, knowing your medical and family history and current conditions can speed up diagnosis and treatment.

7. Be Safe

Accidents are a leading cause of death in the US. Make a point not to take risks while driving. Slow down, let the other car go. It isn't worth saving a few minutes to put yourself at risk.

8. Exercise

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body. Increase your activity level and you will feel your energy and mood improve. Make a decision now to exercise at least 3 times a week.

9. Take Fish Oils

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils are a great protector of your brain and eyesight. Eat fish with low mercury levels weekly, eat fresh ground flax seed or take an omega-3 supplement to provide long-term brain protection.

10. Quit Your Bad Habits

Everyone has a vice and it is time for you to stop yours. Whether you smoke, don't exercise, or eat too many cookies -- you know what you need to do. Make a clear decision to phase out your bad habit. Reduce it by half each month and before you know it, you will not be craving it anymore.

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