Living longer is often attributed to living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that really mean? For men, it has a lot to do with focusing on heart health—the leading cause of death among men in the United States.
Living longer with heart-healthy living
The good news is people are living longer than ever before. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, here are six things you can do right away:
- Eat more whole foods
It is well known that processed foods (chicken nuggets, hot dogs, soda, etc.) are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Instead, reach for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains when hunger calls.
- Move your body
Regular exercise is the key to good health and a healthy heart. A quick, 15-minute walk each day is one of the easiest ways to living a longer and healthier life.
- Get plenty of rest
Focus on living longer by getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Up the ante by going to bed and waking up at similar times each day.
- Get social
Socializing with friends is a good way to start living longer. Laughter, humor and happiness help you manage stress and strengthen your immune system. As it turns out, laughter really is the best medicine.
- Schedule—and keep—doctor appointments
Regular health screenings protect you, so you can continue caring and providing for your family. Call Pomona Valley Health Centers and schedule your check-up today.
- Stop smoking
Though it can be difficult to break a nicotine addiction, your blood pressure and circulation improve shortly after quitting. Your risk of getting cancer (the second leading cause of death among men) also decreases every smoke-free year.
The physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers are equipped with the latest technologies and skills to help the people in our community live longer lives. It’s time to call 909-536-1493 and schedule a check-up today.