Th­ese habits will help you fend off health sabo­teurs.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH + WELLNESS -

GEAR UP HEART HEALTH Many ac­tiv­i­ties help your ticker, but cy­cling is su­perb. Com­pared to other work­outs, it was most ef­fec­tive in low­er­ing coro­nary heart dis­ease risk, a study in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Epi­demi­ol­ogy found. Ride for about 50 min­utes a day.

DO A GUT CHECK Wrap a tape mea­sure around your waist and di­vide its cir­cum­fer­ence by your height in inches. If the re­sult ex­ceeds 0.5, you may be in dan­ger of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes, a new study sug­gests.

KICK THE HABIT FOR GOOD Smok­ers, charge up your smart­phones. Ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Fred Hutchin­son Can­cer Cen­ter, the app SmartQuit (free, iTunes) can quadru­ple your odds of quit­ting if you stick with all four of its key com­po­nents.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH Prac­tic­ing the Chi­nese dis­ci­pline of qi gong for an hour a day may im­prove lung func­tion, a re­cent study sug­gests. Qi gong can also be a calm­ing in­flu­ence. Find a class at, or ki­ne­si­ol­o­

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