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Experts Say Avoiding These 5 Habits Is Key To Living A Long & Healthy Life

If you want to live a long and healthy life, cutting back on these five things is essential. Or, even better, cut them out of your life altogether.

All the best things in life are bad for you, are we right? At least that's how it feels a lot of the time. With every passing day, there seems to be a new update on something we love being damaging to our bodies and thus shortening our lives. You can't cut everything out otherwise life wouldn't be worth living, no matter how long it might be due to you treating your body like an untouched temple.

With a little help from Business Insider, we have gathered together a handful of the very worst things you can do to your body. Habits that if you cut back on or avoid altogether, your chances of living longer will be greatly increased. First up, sugary drinks. A study undertaken over 34 years including 118,000 people suggested that those who partake in sugary drinks on a regular basis were more likely to die from heart issues earlier in life.

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Next up is perhaps the deadliest of all, at least in this article. Smoking. You don't need us to tell you how bad smoking is for your health. If you're only going to stop doing one of these things, make it smoking. Also, if you're going to carry on with any of them, don't do them sitting down. A study by Harvard Medical School discovered that exercising regularly is as good for your head as it is your heart.

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Staying active goes hand-in-hand with ensuring you're not overweight. However, while we all know being overweight is bad for our health, the risks of being underweight are just as dangerous. Although BMI isn't an exact science, those with a healthy BMI tend to live longer than those who are either overweight or underweight. Last but not least, probably the point almost all of us don't want to hear, alcohol consumption.

Drinking alcohol in moderation is actually recommended. However, heavy drinking or binge drinking will have a detrimental effect on your body. Heavy drinking is defined as eight drinks or more a week for women, and 15 or more for men. Meanwhile, binge drinking is classed as four drinks in two hours for a woman or five for a man. If your drinking habits fall into either of those categories then it might be the right time to scale it back a little.

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