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Infographic: Things That Are Healthy for Us That We Actually Like

Sometimes taking care of our health can seem like a chore. Flossing our teeth, working out at the gym and following a weight-loss diet all require willpower and effort. Fortunately, science shows that some healthy activities feel more like temptations than obligations! Check out these research findings from around the world.

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Things That Are Healthy for Us That We Actually Like

Good news from experts.

Coffee

“Drinking coffee … is associated with a reduced risk of developing chronic liver disease and related liver conditions.” ~ The University of Southampton

Dancing

“Dancing was significantly and independently associated with a lower incidence of ADL [activities of daily living] disability.” ~ Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology

Watermelon

“Where watermelon really stands out is in its concentration of certain antioxidants.” ~ American Heart Association

Games

“People who play games—such as cards and board games—are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life.” ~ The University of Edinburgh

Surfing the Web

“Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function.” ~ University of California Los Angeles Health

A Day at the Beach

“After taking a short walk on the beach [study] participants reported improvements in their mood, vitality and mental health.” ~ Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Chocolate

“Flavanols in dark chocolate have a positive impact on brain function, including better reaction time, visual-spatial awareness and stronger memory.” ~ Johns Hopkins Medicine

Popcorn

“It’s the only snack that is 100 percent whole grain … [and has] antioxidants and a lot more fiber than most other vegetables and fruits.” ~ Whole Grain Council

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