What are some life-saving health tricks and hacks?
1.Don’t smoke. Take a tube full of carcinogens, light it on fire, and breathe the charred remains. Yikes. Just don’t.
2.The more the food looks like it did when it started, the more of it you should have in your diet. An apple on a tree looks exactly like an apple in the store. You should eat apples. A steak looks quite similar to a butchered cow. You can eat some of that. Doritos look nothing like corn. You should eat none of them.
3.Exercise is important, but you don’t have to be crazy with it. I’ve seen lots of really old healthy people who didn’t go to the gym 5 days a week. But they did walk, bike, play golf, swim, and generally keep moving fairly regularly. I have also spent a lot of time with people who never did any exercise at all. The end of their lives was far less pleasant.
4.Keep your weight down, but don’t add stress to your life over it. Carrying 100 extra pounds will statistically shorten your life and make you far more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, cancer. Carrying 10 extra pounds might slightly increase your risk. Carrying 0 extra pounds is best. If losing those 10 extra pounds is going to cause you major stress, though, it’s not worth losing them. Stress is no good for you.
5.Speaking of stress, try to reduce it. This one is hardest for me — I’m high strung, work full time, have a wife, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cars, and a house. It’s not always easy to destress. But you can do it. Try meditating, yoga, hiking, singing, whatever works for you.
6.Find somebody to love. Statistics don’t lie on this one — married people live a fair bit longer and tend to be healthier.
7.Analyze everything you do, but in a low-key way. Little changes can make a huge difference. One silly example: I used to have to turn on the light in the morning to get underwear and socks out of my drawers to get dressed. I don’t like getting them out the night before, though, because I’m weird about stuff just sitting around. Turning on the light bothered my wife, who works later than I do and so is sleeping when I’m getting ready. Tiny annoyance. Solution? All black socks in one drawer, khaki in another. Now I can pick out socks in the dark. Took me 15 years to figure that one out, but it makes me a little happier. And so it was totally worth it.