Five key choices to living longer- are you doing any of them?

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(ABC News) – Throw on the gym clothes and throw out the cigarettes. We know, we know, a couple of the simple things we should be doing to live a healthier life. But how many of us are actually taking all the advise of health experts to heart?

Well according to a new study, very few indeed.

CDC researchers surveyed nearly 400,000 Americans. To find out how they’re doing on five behaviors known to reduce the risk of dying early. They are: not smoking, getting regular physical activity, not consuming excess alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and sleeping at least seven hours a day.

Turns out only six percent of Americans in this survey actually do all five.

The news is a little better for doing four of them. One in four of us can brag that, that’s the case.

And some groups are more likely to put the advise into action. Women, for example, and those of Asian descent. So if you are among those doing all five, pat yourself on the back.

As for the rest of us: cutting our risk of early death can be a good motivator to improve.

How did you do?

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