Imagine if you approached your health the same way you approach your finances or work? If you think about it, some of the same rules apply. All you need to do is have a look at how things are right now. And then make a plan to protect your future.

Mid-life is a good time for us to take stock of life in general. But your health, as the saying goes, is everything. Why not take the time to sit down, think about your risk factors and make an investment for the long-term? Just like you do with your career. Or your finances.

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Eating a healthy diet is the best way for us to reduce the chances of developing serious health conditions like diabeties, heart disease, and many common forms of cancer.

So, where to from here? First off, we need to acknowledge what we cannot control. These are things like our age and the changes the body undergoes as it gets older. And family history. This isn’t just your genes, but also shared lifestyle factors. Like the types of food you eat and how much exercise you do.

The main factors you can control have a big influence on your health. The big three are whether we smoke, what we eat, and how active we are.

If you smoke, kicking the habit to the kerb is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and longevity.

Eating a healthy diet is the best way for us to reduce the chances of developing serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and many common forms of cancer.

And the third factor, is how much you move. The more active we are, generally the longer we will live. And we’ll live better. Feel better. Studies have shown that the more physical activity you have, it improves mood, you have better control over your blood sugar levels, and the risk of heart disease is reduced, among other things.

Source: Harvard University Medical School