In the current issue of Prevention magazine, 52-year old Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke candidly about how he helps himself and others to feel good every day. Dr. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality who is no stranger to giving good advice on medical issues and personal advice on his daily television show, The Dr. Oz Show.
According to Dr. Oz, there are eight simply very smart health habits that we should be adopting if we want to live to 90 but feel like 60.
1. Stretch when you wake up in the morning: “Stretching for 10 minutes every morning has a variety of benefits, including decreasing risk of heart attack, alleviating stress, and improving circulation.”
2. Don’t forget to have breakfast: “Our bodies have a biological expectation of a morning meal, so when you skip breakfast, your body gets confused and thinks there’s a famine.”
3. Get their early: “Being 5 minutes late is a small thing that creates big stress, which in turn can cause chronic inflammation and high blood pressure.”
4. Get off your butt: ‘Try replacing couch time with 30 minutes of activity.”
5. Increase intimacy: “Fundamentally, what has always allowed us to weather the storm of stress is social connection”. So, ideally, more sex!
6. Take control of the 3 PM crash: “Food is absorbed in the gut, the small intestine, and then goes to the liver. When we eat more than we need, the excess nutrients are converted into fat.”
7. Don’t get upset about the small things: “We have a limited bank of decision making ability, and we waste it by making too many decisions about small things.”
8. Respect late night, especially the 10PM hour: “There’s a sacredness to sleep that we overlook, and it’s a big problem in America. We set our alarm clocks for morning; we should set them the time at night when we need to start preparing for bed. By 10PM, you’d better be getting ready for sleep, because the average American gets up at 6, and you need your 8 hours.”
Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? What kind of changes are you going to make to live smarter and better? Sound off your comments below, we love hearing from you.