I’ve been active my whole life. My family jokes I was born dancing; legend has it I was actually KICKED OUT of the hospital because I was up on my hands and knees rocking in the bassinet. Personally, I think that part has been a little exaggerated. I’ve also been a dancer nearly my entire life; not only is endurance crucial when I’m dancing for hours at a time, so is fueling my body with the right nutrients. A recent study, by the researches at Johns Hopkins, for the first time quantified the importance in four decisive lifestyles for living a longer life: a healthy diet, maintaining a normal weight, exercising, and not smoking.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study to find a protective association between low-risk lifestyle factors and early signs of vascular disease, coronary heart disease and death, in a single longitudinal evaluation,” says Haitham Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., the lead author who is an internal medicine resident with the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins.
“We evaluated data on more than 6,200 men and women, age 44-84, from white, African-American, Hispanic and Chinese backgrounds. All were followed for an average of 7.6 years. Those who adopted all four healthy behaviors had an 80 percent lower death rate over that time period compared to participants with none of the healthy behaviors,” says Ahmed.
So how does extra virgin coconut oil factor into a healthy diet? The tropical oil has been found to help you maintain, and in some cases even lose, weight. Taking two to four tablespoons a day will ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of benefits coconut oil has to offer. Adding it to your vegetables, smoothie or even a taco dish are easy ways to incorporate it into just about every meal.
If you need some ideas for exercise, Kayla has some great plans to work your abs, lower body, and even how to train like Superman! Coconut oil is perfect to have before a workout to give your body an extra boost of energy. Some athletes have reported producing a better and longer workout after introducing coconut oil into their daily routine.
I hope this inspires you to make changes today for a longer, healthier life!