The American Heart Association recommends the "Simple Seven" - seven steps to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
I'm going to make it even more simple. There are really only three main things you need to focus on to improve your health and well-being, and if you get these three things right, it follows naturally that you greatly increase your chances of achieving the rest of the Simple Seven.
Three to Thrive
- Be Physically Active
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Don't Smoke
Sounds simple, right? Common sense? Yes and yes. But not so easy in a sedentary world filled with unhealthy but delicious food choices and seemingly endless binge-worthy shows to watch, along with work that is all to frequently done sitting at a desk.
Perhaps the easiest habit (if you never take it up) is the third - don't smoke. But anyone who has ever come under the nicotine spell knows how hard the chains are to break.
But you can take control by making changes in your habits in each of these areas that will lead to lifelong and life-prolonging improvements in your health. Start small, make one little change, and keep at it until that change becomes a new, healthy habit. Then make another small change. Small improvements over time really add up!