Four behaviours than can help you age successfully
October 23, 2012 1 Comment
A report recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) shows that practising the following healthy behaviours in midlife (42–63 years of age) makes it significantly more likely people will stay healthy as they age.
- not smoking
- moderate alcohol consumption (1–14 units/wk for women; 1–21 units/wk for men)
- exercise (≥ 2.5 h/wk moderate physical activity or ≥ 1 h/wk vigorous physical activity)
- eating fruits and vegetables daily
The more healthy behaviours that you engage in then the greater the benefits you will reap as you age.
Successful aging was defined as maintaining the ability to function well with good mobility, cognitive skills, respiratory function, mental health and no chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke or disability at age 60 years or older.
Before starting any new exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise changes with them.