Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Small changes 'add years to life'

Making small changes to your lifestyle can have a significant impact on how long you will live, research has shown.

The Cambridge University study looked at over 25,000 people.

It found that stopping smoking, exercising more and eating better could give you the life expectancy of a person 11 to 12 years younger.

  • Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can give you the life expectancy of someone three years younger.
  • Not smoking turned the clock back by four to five years.
  • Increasing exercise by a moderate amount can take up to three years off. (An office worker would need to do one hour of exercise, such as swimming or jogging, every day, while a person with a moderately active job, such as a hairdresser, would need to take 30 minutes exercise a day. People with active jobs, including nurses and bricklayers, do not need to do any extra exercise - as their work is strenuous enough.)

Find out more about the small change, big difference campaign.

Need to add fruits and vegetables to your diet? Need to know what an added portion equals? You'll find that information here and here.

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