Smart Woman - Eight Way to Add Years to Your Life

The average American woman can expect to live to about age 80. Doesn't sound long enough? Here are eight ways to add more healthy years to your life.

How long do you want to live? If you want to make it to an old age you might want to work on it now. First up, ditch the cigarettes. Lighting up kills just under half a million people in the U.S. each year. Dr. Jan Garavaglia says, "That's more than the auto accidents, that's more than HIV, that's more than all the murders combined!" New research shows women who stop smoking before 40 live a decade longer than those who keep puffing. Also, drink up! Moderate drinkers slash their risk of heart disease by up to 40 percent. Try red wine from Madiran, France. It has up to five times as many of the antioxidants that improve blood vessel function.

Also, do your own housework! A recent study found 150 calories worth of chores a day can lower high blood pressure by 13 points for eight hours. University of Maryland scientists found watching 15 minutes of funny videos can improve blood flow to your heart by 50 percent. A 30-minute nap can also reduce heart mortality by 37 percent, and Purdue scientists found constant worrying shortens your lifespan by about 16 years.

Lastly, maintain a healthy waistline. When measuring your waistline around where the navel is, that number should be less than half your height. So if you're five-two, your waist should be less than 31 inches.

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