The Simple Science of a Healthy Life
From fitness to diets to emotional health and longevity, what do people who feel and look healthy do differently than those who are overtired, depressed, or out of shape? Every day we face an avalanche of studies and statistics that tell us what we should or shouldn't eat, how long we need to exercise, or how to protect ourselves from secondhand smoke and the harmful rays from the sun. Not only are these studies often contradictory, but the actual scientific information is usually inaccessible.
Moving beyond the myths and misinformation, the advice in these pages is not based on one person's opinions or one expert's study. For the first time the research available on the health of average Americans has been distilled into one hundred essential ways that we can become healthier and happier. Each of the core findings is accompanied by a real life example showing these results in action.
The 100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People
15 Fitness Is Free
Walking is the nicest exercise you can do.
31 Eat less, but Eat Often
Skipping meals maximizes the calorie effect of the food we do eat.
32 Look on the Bright Side
Learning to see the upside, the optimistic outcome, the good in what happened, will not only increase your enjoyment of life; it will lengthen your life.
59 Don't Pack like a Mule
...not carry more than 15 percent of your body weight on your shoulders and back.
87 Hug for Health
A brief hug with a loved one reduced the effects of stress on blood pressure and heart rate by half.