I'd made a decision to take my lunch to the gym with me today, as I knew I was going to have a heavy session, so I thought I'd rather eat before walking home past all the shops and getting tempted! Anyway, whilst eating, I got talking to one of the personal trainers there.
During the conversation it came up that I'd been going to the gym for about a year now, pretty consistently bar a few trips abroad. Here's the interesting thing though. It occurred to me that there's a mistake people make when being consistent. I suspect that this might be happening in your life.
What I realized is that I'm being consistent in going to the gym but despite being consistent and going regularly my target was wrong. My target had been to go consistently but there was no challenge, beyond going, that would help me improve. Going through the process itself doesn't necessarily give you the results you're looking for.
Think about it this way. If you have a prayer practice or meditation practice....
A Guardian article published on 30th April 2018 says that there are 5 habits that can add more than a decade to your life.
Is it clickbait or is it real information?
I’ll share the 5 habits that the researchers at Harvard University shared in a moment. They used lifestyle questionnaires and medical records from 123,000 volunteers to understand how much longer people lived if they followed a healthy diet, controlled their weight, took regular exercise, drank in moderation and did not smoke.
The research study quite rightly says “Americans have a shorter life expectancy compared with residents of almost all other high-income countries. We aim to estimate the impact of lifestyle factors on premature mortality and life expectancy in the US population.”
And the conclusions are simple and easy to understand: “Adopting a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in US adults.”
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