You start to notice the changes in your late 30s.
While your body has been aging since you were in your 20s, it tends to hit home in force when you’re close to your 40s and 50s.
That’s when you start to lose muscle and bone mass. It’s harder to lose weight. It takes longer for you to recover from a tough workout. Your skin starts to develop wrinkles.
It’s inevitable – everyone gets old. The good news is that you don’t have to take it lying down.
You know those 80-year-olds who run marathons? They're in great shape because they started young and kept going. It’s never too late to start exercising, but it’s much easier to keep it up if you start young!
Everything seems to slow down (or put up a fight) as you get older. Even your heart beats more slowly. That, combined with stiffer blood vessels and arteries, means you should take a closer look at your everyday diet.
While you’re checking your diet, take note of the other habits in your life. Are you a smoker? The damage caused by smoking can make your older years very uncomfortable (so stop now!). Do you have a high-stress job? Figure out how to alleviate that stress, as it takes a toll on your health.
This isn’t all about delayed gratification. Developing healthy habits while you’re younger will help you feel better now. And when you feel better, it’s easier to have a positive outlook (which, according to Harvard Medical School, may also help you live longer).
Start now so you can enjoy your golden years with minimal medical intervention:
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