Top tips for a healthier and longer life

Whether you're detoxing in January or training for a marathon, staying motivated to get in shape can be difficult, particularly when it comes to sticking to a healthy diet.

Whilst most of us have good intentions, it can be easy to pay little attention to health guidelines particularly when it comes to salt and sugar.

However, by making small changes to your daily routine such as switching your fizzy drinks for water, you can make a significant difference to your health, and add years to your lifespan.

HELLO! Fashion takes a look at the top tips that could help you live a healthier, longer life…

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Replace fizzy drinks with water

Swap your daily fizzy drink for water – this will cut out seven teaspoons of sugar from your diet. If you did this every day for a year, you would save 10kgs of sugar, the weight of a small dog! This will lengthen your life – an overweight 30-year-old female can add six years to her lifespan by losing 5kg.

Cut the fat

Swap your morning latte for a herbal tea – it could reduce your risk of cancer. By switching the drinks, you cut back over the year saving on average 39,000 calories, or 20 packets of lard. Not only will you lose weight, as excess weight contributes to one in five cancers, you could dramatically reduce the risk.

Control your salt intake

Switch your sandwich for a low-salt option, to reduce your risk of a heart attack. For example, switch your ham sandwich for a chicken and avocado one, and you could reduce your lunchtime intake of salt by a third, and cut out 1.14kg of salt a year – the same amount of salt in 33 litres of sea water. This will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease.

Make small journeys by foot

This will add years to your life. If you add just 30 minutes of walking into your daily routine, five days a week, you walk the equivalent of 14 marathons in one year. This can add three and a half years to your lifespan, no matter what your weight. Plus, fitness not only reduces your risk of cancer, it improves your chances of recovering from the disease.

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