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4 Get plenty of sunlight in the summerâ€¦ Sunlight, and the vitamin D this can make in the skin, is associated with a wide spectrum of benefits for the body including a reduced risk of several forms of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis, as well as improved immune function. As a rule of thumb, vitamin D is made when our shadow is shorter than our body length, ie when the sun is high in the sky. While burning is to be avoided, get as much sunlight exposure as possible for optimal health.
Yes! All of the examples above are bad habits you should avoid. In addition to avoiding smoking and alcohol, excessive exercise, yo-yo dieting, and not sleeping enough, you should also avoid the sun if you aren’t wearing sunscreen. Stick to at least 30 SPF, and don’t skip it on cloudy days. Sun exposure could lead to health risks, such as cancer. Read on for another quiz question.
Healthy life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years babies born this year would live in a state of â€˜good’ general health if mortality levels at each age, and the level of good health at each age, remain constant in the future. Similarly, healthy life expectancy at age 65 is the average number of remaining years a man or woman aged 65 will live in â€˜good general health’ if mortality levels and the level of good health at each age beyond 65 remain constant in the future.
Engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day. Take an exercise class, join the gym or just take a brisk walk outside. Making the time for physical activity is a necessity and not a luxury. Your mental health can affect your asthma, and asthma may affect your mental health. Talk to your doctor if you have been feeling down, anxious, or aren’t enjoying those things you normally do enjoy.