There will always come a point when people reach a certain age when they think back on their lifestyle and realize that they need to, somehow, change it.

Some people would have the realization after being sick for days or weeks. Some would realize it after getting tired of being overweight for years. Some just feel old and realize that it’s time to really have a life by having a healthier lifestyle.

It’s not important in which part you have realized these things; the important thing is you’ve realized it and you are going to do something about now to improve your lifestyle.

Change of lifestyle is usually drastic.

That is why it takes both decision and commitment if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. But the benefits of deciding to be healthy would also include losing weight, reducing the risks of being sick and eventually making your life longer. Everything is connected; overall enhancement is reachable. One decision affects your entire being, your life and most especially, your loved ones.

Just how do you make yourself healthy in order to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease?

Here are ten tips to help you change your lifestyle:

  1. Move around at least 20 minutes a day. If you are working on your desk, sitting in front of the computer for the whole day and basically stagnating, it’s best to move around at least 20 minutes a day. It will help blood circulation and burn those calories that you ate at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  2. Drink supplements for additional energy. It helps to drink supplements for additional energy. It also increases metabolism and burns fat easily. Other supplements provide you with vitamins for good body resistance.

  3. Sleep at least eight hours a day. It will not only help you concentrate during the day, but also helps you relax your body and prepare for another stressful day ahead of you.

  4. Avoid red meat as much as possible, instead eat chicken and fish. To regulate fat deposits, eat chicken and fish. There is a major study found that if you eat fish regularly, it reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation or rapid, irregular heartbeat – a major cause of sudden death. Because fish is a good source of omega-3-fatty acids that reduces the risk of stroke.

  5. Count the calories that you eat. If you are suffering from diabetes or have a heart problem, best to watch what you eat and count the number of calories in every food intake. It helps that you are aware of what you eat so you are also aware of what you need to burn.

  6. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. It is best to avoid sodas and drink water for proper hydration. Good hydration keeps your blood flowing well while dehydration causes sluggish blood flow and increase the risk of clots forming that would eventually lead to stroke.

  7. Eat green leafy vegetables and fruits at least five servings per day.

  8. Take regular vacations. The Framingham Heart Study found that those who took regular vacations sliced their risk of death from heart disease by a third. Take note that taking along your cell phone, laptop, and basically your work with you while on vacation will not help you achieve the stress-reducing effects of a vacation.

  9. Minimize fried foods. Your best bet would be to have it grilled, sautéed, baked, or roasted. Fried food provides extra oil that you don’t want inside your body.

  10. Reduce salt intake to less than one teaspoon per day. So instead of table salt, try using fresh herbs to add significant flavor to your food.

Abie is a blogger who maintains a blog about family, technology, health and fitness and shopping. She also works as an article writer for the site of The Pen Guy.