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You have heard so much about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, that it may have started to go in one ear and out the other. But a new study from Harvard University School of Public Health reveals that not only is it all true, but if you develop five good habits by age 50, you may just extend your life expectancy.

Those five habits include not smoking, moderate exercise, healthy diet, not drinking much alcohol and maintaining a healthy body weight. That may not seem like new advice, but this study definitely tells us that mid-life is the time to discipline yourself. The study found that women who practiced four or five of the healthy habits at age 50 lived an average of 34.4 more years free of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. As for men, those practicing four or five healthy habits at age 50 lived 31.1 years free of chronic disease, compared to 23.5 years among men who practiced none. 

How much longer might you expect to live by adhering to these guidelines? The study predicts 7.6 additional years for men and 10 years for women.

The five healthy habits may seem obvious, but this study goes into detail: Suggested exercise is defined as “moderate to vigorous”, at least 30 minutes per day. As for alcohol intake, the study suggests no more than a small glass of wine a day for women and a pint of beer for men.

Americans have a shorter average life expectancy—79.3 years—than almost all other high-income countries. The U.S. ranked 31st in the world for life expectancy in 2015. The stated purpose of the Harvard study was to determine how much those numbers might increase with just a few lifestyle changes. Clearly, the results are encouraging.

With that in mind, our own Strength Science Studios aims to help you get moving and increase your quality of life. Strength training, including resistance training (such as that offered at Strength Science Studios) has also been shown to increase the quality of sleep, aid in bone density, improve metabolism, alleviate depression and enhance the overall quality of life.

 At Strength Science Studios professional trainers work with clients one-on-one every week. The program requires only once-a-week attendance for a 30-minute session. The facility and the program focus heavily on men and women age 50 and older, although everyone is welcome.

Come by Strength Science Studios at 730 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 7, and let us introduce you to the program. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please call (225)  256-3000.

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