Here at Knote we’re all about communicating ways to maximize your productivity and today we’re going to talk about how you can avoid the biggest productivity killer: death. All morbidity aside, there’s no greater way to cut your potential short than by suffering a premature death. Even though it’s a reality we’ll all have to face someday (until Google finds a way to cure it, that is) there are many surefire steps you can take to avoid going before your time. These 6 tips seem simple, but are often underestimated in their importance:
1. Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit- Unless you’ve been living under a rock since the Cuban Missile Crisis you know that smoking is bad for you as well as those around you. There are five things that kill more Americans than anything else: heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke and unintentional injuries–smoking has a hand in four out of the five. If you don’t and have never smoked then you’re already ahead of the game, but if you are a smoker it’s time to quit. It’s never too late but the earlier you start the better. Research shows that although smoking cuts at least 10 years from your lifespan you will regain most of that time if you quit by age 40. Quitting by 30 improves your death rate to close to that of someone who never smoked in their life. Seek out the resources you need to conquer this addiction today so you can lead a longer, more productive life.
2. Go for a checkup! Most people only go to the doctor when they’re coughing up green stuff or can’t get out of bed but the older you get the more often you should take a trip to your doctor, especially if you’re predisposed to certain ailments. Many diseases are less threatening and more manageable if you catch them early enough. A good example of this is diabetes. There are currently 25.6 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, 7 million of whom are undiagnosed. With nearly 34 percent of the adult population considered obese, 79 million adults show signs of pre-diabetes. This is just one example that indicates that you should go to the doctor every once in a while, even if you don’t feel poorly, in order to get a jump start on whatever may afflict you in the future.
3. Buy a safer car- Unintentional injury, which includes car accidents, is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 44. In 2009, 35,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents, 22 percent of whom were between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. This goes to show that especially if you’re a young person, being involved in a car accident is the greatest risk to your life. You can lower this risk not only by driving carefully but also by opting for a safer car the next time you buy one. Sure, a nice sports car may seem appealing but do your research to make sure you’re not putting yourself in harm’s way unnecessarily.
4. Take care of your teeth- Your teeth are more important to your health then you may know- some research has shown that there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease, although they’re still unsure why. Brush your teeth twice a day and make sure to floss at least a few times a week. Also make sure you go for a checkup and cleaning once a year. There’s no reason to end up with excessive tooth decay or gum disease when it’s so easily preventable, especially if it could result in damage to your heart!
5. Avoid obesity- Over two-thirds of adults in the U.S. over the age of 20 are considered overweight or obese, which can lead to a number of health problems like diabetes and heart disease. If you’re one of those people it’s time to make some changes. Cut down on fast and overly processed foods and do your best to get some exercise. Make small changes to start out and work up from there. You probably can’t run a marathon but make it a point to go for a walk every day. Any physical activity is better than none. After incorporating some simple changes in your eating and exercise habits not only will you find that you feel better, you’ll also be less likely to develop some of the terrible afflictions obese people are bound to be affected by.
6. Limit excessive drinking- while drinking in moderation has been linked to some health benefits, drinking in excess can increase your risk for things like heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver disease. Binge drinking is defined differently depending on your gender: for women it amounts to four or more drinks in a single occasion while it’s five drinks for men. If you’re the type of person that pounds 10 beers over the course of your typical Saturday night then you should strive towards drinking less. Not only will you help prevent the diseases associated with alcohol abuse, you’ll also be at a lower risk for unintentional injuries like motor vehicle accidents.
Everybody wants to live for as long as they can with the highest quality of life they can maintain. Even though there are many things in life that you can’t control there is so much you can do to promote your long-term health and wellness. While many of these steps are simple to take, change never comes easily. It may be a difficult road but taking the proper steps now can have drastic effects on your future health. Kicking some of your bad habits and taking up good ones may not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done but your friends and family will thank you for it later on when you’re still around. Follow the steps above and you’ll be on your way to staving off an early demise and opening the door to a longer, more productive future.
Share this with your friends who may need a reminder one of these tips. Staying alive is essential to your productivity!