If you ask anybody if they want to live longer and live a life that is full of health and vitality then, the common answer would be yes. They would be mad to say no. However, it is strange that most people who answer yes actually choose a lifestyle that goes against living a long and healthy life. Many people acquire bad habits that make their lives less healthy and less enjoyable.It is now widely known and understood through medical science and research that developing a healthy lifestyle with plenty of regular exercise has many benefits to the quality of our lives. A healthy lifestyle reduces the fat around our bellies, it provides clarity of mind, gives us the energy and vitality we need to live and experience a full and varied life.Regular exercise helps us live longer and better. It reduces the risk of deadly disease such as coronary heart disease, cancer and chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Regular exercise combined with eating a healthy diet can help slow down the ageing process.The above information is not a secret, it is not unknown or hidden from us. We know this but why do so many people continue to do the opposite and not take the necessary steps to get their health and vitality back on track.There are many reasons for this but a lot of it has to do with the changes to society. After the Second World War there were many changes that have influenced the lives we lead today. Two main changes was the rise of mass production of processed foods and technology. We consume more processed and packaged foods now that we have ever done before. People are eating less fresh natural foods which provided the essential nutrients and vitamins the body needs to remain healthy.Technology has made our lives more comfortable but at a cost. The rise of the computer and auto-mobile has cut out the need to exert ourselves physically that many people hardly move any more. These conveniences have created more free time for people but most people prefer to use that free time lying on the couch watching TV while eating a tub of ice cream.We can blame it on technology but the real blame lies with us. It is our choice to live a certain lifestyle. Although it is not easy to change, the thing is you can change because most of it is to do with our habits. With habits we can change them to improve our health and our lives.Always consult with your physicians if you have a health condition or food allergy before changing or doing any form of new exercise or diet.