Thinking Small, Part 2

January 9, 2008 at 2:02 am Leave a comment

A study published Monday in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal, posted on Time Magazine Online, provides scientific support for the “thinking small” philosophy.

The article, Healthy Habits May Give 14 Years, by AP reporter Maria Cheng, relates that we can gain an extra 14 years of life by developing certain healthy habits:

  1. Don’t smoke
  2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Drink alcohol in moderation.

The study was conducted by Kay-Tee Khaw and colleagues at the University of Cambridge and followed more than 20,000 people aged 45 to 79 years in the United Kingdom from about 1993 to 2006.

Obviously, following all of these habits will result in the maximum potential lifespan increase. But, according to Susan Jebb, head of Nutrition and Health at Britain’s Medical Research Council, “Just doing one of these behaviors helps, but every step you make to improve your health seems to have an added benefit.” Apparently, as the article states, “The benefits were also seen regardless of whether or not people were fat and what social class they came from.”

The results of the study demonstrate that improving health does not always necessitate an extreme lifestyle change. “We didn’t ask these people to do anything exceptional,” Khaw said. “We measured normal behaviors that were entirely feasible within people’s normal, everyday lives.”

Your assignment for today:

  • Set yourself up for diet and exercise success by picking one small change you can make this week. Refer to my previous post, Thinking Small, for ideas!
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