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Want to help improve your lifestyle as well as improve your health? Making small changes to your daily routine can help slow down the hands of time. Here are the top best ways to keep you healthy.

1. Eat more fish, fruits and vegetables

It is important to make sure you balance your diet with fruits, vegetables and fish, many illnesses and disease can simply be caused by a lack of nutrients these foods can provide. Fish for example is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and having just one serve of fish per week could help reduce chances of sudden cardiac death. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancers, heart disease, eye and digestive problems.  Aim to eat about nine servings a day to help you improve your health.

2. Start doing more physical exercise

Being physically active can be one of the best things to do to improve your health. Regular exercise can improve your mood, combat chronic diseases and help you manage your weight. Try doing at least 20 minutes per day of moderate exercise, even just walking can help make a difference to your health.

3. Add supplements to your diet

It can be hard to get all the right nutrients from your diet, so if you find you are not getting enough vitamins or minerals consider taking supplements. Make sure you get enough vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. To help prevent dementia or memory loss in the future consider taking B12, as well as calcium to safe guard you against osteoporosis.

4. Watch your weight

Obesity can lead to major health problems and can really shorten your lifespan. Even just having 5 to 10 extra kilos especially around your middle can pose an unnecessary risk to your health. Make sure you always watch what you eat and do regular exercise.

5. Get a check up

Most people hate seeing a doctor but they are the best when it comes to preventing health problems. Make sure you get your blood pressure check every year as this can help determine any cardiovascular or kidney problems. Getting a flu shot can help you avoid the flu. Make sure you always get checked and tested for any cancers or diabetes early on. You won’t regret it.

6. Limit your alcohol consumption

The older you get the more likely alcohol can affect you. Alcohol metabolises more slowly as you get older. Especially if you are over 70 you can be more prone to falls. Overdoing alcohol may also increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

7. Quit smoking

Smoking is a major contributing factor to heart disease, stroke and cancer. If you are still smoking and you want to improve your health then quitting smoking should be one of the first things you should be doing. It may be hard to quit but it will be worth it in the long run.

8. Try to avoid stress

Chronic stress can contribute to heart disease, cancer and digestive problems. Managing to deal with stress can help you live longer. There are several techniques to help cope with stress such as talking to a counsellor, meditation, exercise or finding a hobby.

9. Get enough sleep

Getting adequate sleep is very important to ageing well. Sleep is strongly link to proper immune system functioning and is also important for cardiovascular health.

10. Be social

Having a good social network can contribute to a longer life. Being social can help decrease physical ailments, stress and emotional problems and can help you get more enjoyment from life.