One of the most common questions that we get asked is: what is the key to living longer? It’s a simple question with a complex answer. Some of the factors to living a healthy, vibrant life are beyond our control—genetics, disease, etc…—but there are several things you can do as you get older to help ensure a long and productive life.
The first and most important thing is incorporating physical fitness into your life. This doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym five times a week or running 10 miles a day. It’s about changing the balance from a sedentary to an active lifestyle. Awareness of this balance is essential. Walk, don’t ride, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
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Fitness programs should encompass four facets, which are germane and can be tailored to any individual lifestyle. The first is establishing a consistent aerobic and cardiovascular program. This can be walking, jogging, swimming or biking for 30 minutes a day. Whatever you do, it should be fun. Don’t try and overdo it. Stick to it to maximize the long-term benefits and prevent injury.
Second, strengthen your muscles. Weights, machines or any form of strength training will do the trick. Doing nothing won’t work and age will rob you of the power to be independent and productive. Slow, steady progress is the key for the best results and avoiding injury. Think in terms of months and years not days as you strive for strength and vigor. Don’t forget your “core” muscles.