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Good Habits. Bad Habits. And Aging.

Yahoo's headline news recently featured a 20-year study on four habits: smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet. Those habits swing your effective age by as much as twelve years.

However, this study had some very good news:

- Non-smokers and former smokers, and
- People who drink less than two drinks per day, and
- Those who get two hours of physical activity per week, and
- Those who eat any kind of fruit or vegetable three times per day are literally four times less likely to die prematurely than people with the opposite behaviors.

The even better news is:

- You don't have to get it perfect all the time. Doing three out of four most of the time puts you in healthy company.

You can handle a few drinks every now and then. And just because you have one couch-potato week doesn't mean you have to make lethargy a lifetime habit. Minor deviations every now and then are fine, as long as your daily habits are basically healthy.