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What is the Key to Living Longer?

By Stephen R. Farris

We've all thought this at some time or the other. What is the key to living longer? Unfortunately, there's no one answer for the key to longevity. 

However, it could be several things that might be the key to living a long life and not just living a life.

Avoid Tobacco

If you could choose just one path to living longer, researchers suggest this one thing -- avoiding tobacco use -- could help you get there. Tobacco has long been linked to lung cancer, as well as heart disease. Smoking, or using tobacco products, can also lead to a higher risk of stroke. It can also have an impact on other organs in your body.

Keep Your Weight Down

Being overweight can lead to a shortened life span. However, if you eat healthier and watch your weight -- stay within your BMI range (body mass index), you might just be able to add a few extra years on your life. If you're not sure how to check your BMI, there is a website you can check out for free that will calculate the information you put in and give you the target range you should be in.

Daily Movement Is Good

Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time. Studies show that you should at least move around (be active) for at least 30 minutes each day. You can also break it down to three 10-minute intervals; stagger it out.

Eat Right

One of the best ways to help you live longer is by choosing more healthy foods to eat. Try picking out fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables on your next visit to the grocery store. Choose meats such as fatty fish (salmon, tuna, etc.), poultry items such as chicken and turkey, and eat less red meat. Stay away from heavily processed foods, such as those found in cans and packages. Drink more water and cut back on sodas, as well as alcohol. 

If you have any questions about living a healthier lifestyle, visit with your local chiropractor to find out tips and suggestions they can offer. And remember, if you are feeling aches and pains in your back, neck, or joints, they can help provide relief for those too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Fla. 

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