It’s official. A healthy lifestyle is the most important way to prevent chronic disease of any kind. But what exactly does it mean to follow a “healthy lifestyle?” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied data from 400,000 Americans and determined that these five simple practices have the most influence:
1. Not smoking
2. Regular exercise (150 minutes per week)
3. Drinking in moderation or not at all
4. Maintaining a weight that’s stable and proportionate to height
5. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night.
Here’s the hard part. Only 6.3% of adults engage in all five behaviors. The hardest one is weight. The easiest one is not smoking. About half of us get regular exercise.