We don’t just want to live longer; we want to live as healthy, active adults. No one is anxious to be that person, lost in a long-term-care facility, with little independence. So how do you achieve both a long life and a healthy one? Hint: Don’t fight time. The key is aging well.
You’ve read a bit about the importance of exercise. Indeed, exercise has been linked to various benefits, including improved cardiac health, decreased dementia and stronger bones. Yes, this is all true, but there is even more. Exercise is a key component in predicting good health for you over the next 10 years.
Let me explain. There was a study published in the journal Maturitas that looked at women between the ages of 53 and 64 in Finland. After following these women, the researchers were able to identify predictors of good health over the next 10 years. Here’s what’s on that list.