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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.

his article has been previously published here: Whole Life Fitness

  

Helen

Having worked in IT in London for 15 years I was made redundant in 2009. I had trained as a gym instructor whilst working and decided I would rather spend the rest of my career doing something I loved than look for another job in IT. I furthered my qualifications with a Certificate in Advanced Personal Training from the highly regarded Premier Training. Many personal trainers are generalists covering all areas of fitness but I took the decision to specialise in the over-50s and therefore went on to do a CYQ Award in Functional Training for the Independent Older Adult Level 3. My focus is on overall health rather than fitness. I believe that making small changes can have a long term positive effect on health and well-being.

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