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Top 10 Ways to Stay or Get Healthy

Top 10 Ways to Stay or Get Healthy

Take control of your health with these simple health tips.

When the Browns picked LSU’s Greedy Williams in the 2019 NFL Draft, they were given an A for the acquisition by the sportswriters at the Nashville Tennessean (the Draft’s hometown rag). But greedy isn’t always a surefire route to success—take what’s happening in the healthcare universe.

Over a decade, your out-of-pocket expenses rose more than 53 percent while insurance company profits have sky-rocketed. Little wonder a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found 56 percent of Americans report worrying about and having trouble paying for medical care and say they forego or delay care because of the high price of medicines and procedures. That’s not good. We hope someone can eventually implement a creative solution that protects people’s health—and cover preexisting conditions.

In the meantime, taking control of your health has never been more important. So here are the 10 most effective ways.

  1. No smoking or second- or third-hand smoke exposure.
  2. No red or processed meats.
  3. No added sugars or syrups in food or drinks.
  4. No excess alcohol (max 1-2 glasses of wine a day).
  5. No sitting down for longer than 60 minutes at a stretch.
  6. Yes to getting 30 minutes aerobic exercise five days a week.
  7. Yes to strength-building activities, 30 minutes twice a week; and doing 20 jumps daily.
  8. Yes to seven to nine servings of fruits and veggies daily.
  9. Yes to managing stress with meditation or deep breathing.
  10. Yes to seven to nine hours of sleep nightly.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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