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Eat Healthy, Exercise and Live Longer

By Stephen R. Farris

Living a long, healthy life is something we all strive for. But getting there can have many challenges along the way, especially if we have a few bad habits like smoking and/or consuming too much alcohol. Top that off with inactivity and poor eating habits and it's a wonder we live as long as we do. However, there are ways to ensure that we can live longer these days, but it's going to take changing our lifestyle goals to get there.

Treat Your Skin Right

In our younger years we tend to take our skin for granted. We let it be exposed too much and too often to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Naturally, sunlight is good for our skin, but it is subject to burning if left exposed for too long. That's why we should use sun protection for our skin, or cover up exposed areas when we are outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Use of moisturizing skincare products can also contribute to keeping our skin youthful looking too. The lizard look is not a good one to have at any age.


Not only does exercise help keep our bodies in tone and in shape, but it also helps reduce our risk of certain diseases. It helps reduce our stress levels and keeps the body flexible and mobile. You can do a variety of different exercises, but if you're limited on time each day then try walking for 30 to 45 minutes either in the morning or afternoon. Swimming and cycling are great exercises to take on as well, and you even benefit from those weekend nights on the dance floor, dancing the night away. But only if you stay away from alcohol and soft drinks while enjoying the two-step. As with any exercise regime, be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Diet Right

Cutting out sugar and keeping tabs on sodium intake are good ways to start a healthy diet trend. Preferably you began doing this at an early age, but hey, you're never too old to start. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean cuts of meat like poultry and fish. Eating healthy can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

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

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