Common sense tells us that making positive lifestyle choices will improve health.
But many of us struggle to find the time in the week to exercise, and convenience food is all too appealing at the end of a busy day.
However, various researches explains the benefits of living a super-healthy existence and also how can you prevent heart attacks
Experts from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm looked at the lifestyle of over 20,000 men aged 45 to 79. The results showed what they suspected, that men leading a healthy lifestyle had far less chance of suffering a heart attack than those living fast and loose.
What they didn’t expect was the degree to which it mattered. Over an 11-year period, the researchers found that: Men deemed to lead a ‘super-healthy’ lifestyle were a staggering 86% less likely to experience a heart attack than their less healthy counterparts.
How to lead a healthy life
Those least at risk of suffering a heart attack were found to walk or cycle for at least 40 minutes a day abstain from smoking eat healthily have a waistline that measured less than 37.4inches. The researchers outlined a healthy diet as rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, such as peas, beans, lentils, soybeans, nuts, low-fat dairy products, fish, and whole grains.
Dr Agneta Akesson, who led the study, said: “It is not surprising that healthy lifestyle choices would lead to a reduction in heart attacks. What is surprising is how drastically the risk dropped due to these factors.
“It is important to note that these lifestyle behaviours are modifiable, and changing from
high-risk to low-risk behaviours can have great impact on cardiovascular health. However, the best thing one can do is to adopt healthy lifestyle choices early in life.”
The benefits of a healthy lifestyle
Here are some of the ways that changing your lifestyle can bring health benefits:
Exercise Reduces chance of suffering chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease lowers risk of osteoarthritis and hip fractures improves sleeping patterns cuts stress, depression and anxiety
Say No to smoking
Quitting smoking increases lung capacity and improves breathing and also reduces chance of suffering from heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. It also improves fertility results in a better sex life due to improved blood flow.
Good diet reduces risk of high blood pressure and heart disease boosts energy levels improves bowel health helps in losing weight.
Including nuts such as walnuts and almonds, in your diet can be very beneficial for the heart health.
Excessive fat around your middle can increase your chances of developing diabetes.
Beat the stress
Stress is the massive killer in today’s busy world. Keeping stress at bay is the most important stress to prevent heart attacks. Indulging in activities you love and also indulging in nature can prove to be very beneficial to keep stress at the shore.
You don’t have to abstain from all treats to keep yourself fit and healthy. But regular exercise, moderate drinking, and a balanced diet all work to stave off some major diseases and help keep you healthy in mind and body.