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Last Sunday, I went to a dear friend's 55th birthday dinner, and while this should have been a joyous occasion, there were some definite ominous overtones. You see, she's kind of freaking out about, well, life.
At 55, some doors are opened that we would prefer remain shut. You qualify for the senior discount at many stores and you can now apply to live in many retirement villages. Score? You may look and feel like you're in your forties, but in the eyes of much of the world, you're a senior citizen.
It's definitely a weird transition, so perhaps it's no wonder that so many people let their diet and exercise routines slip. But that might be the worst thing you can do.
You probably don't need clinical proof to believe that exercise is good for you, but it's there regardless. Not only is exercise good for building and maintaining strong bones and muscles, but fitness may ward off chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes, according to study published in August in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
This researchers cross-referenced data from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, which has tracked participants' health status since 1970, with Medicare claims of participants. They found that those who exercised regularly were less likely to develop chronic diseases, and were more likely to live a longer life than those who were not fit.
If you're already in a routine, kudos to you, don't stop doing what you're doing. But if you haven't been working out, it's time to get started. Here are some tips for getting off the couch and getting yourself healthy again.
Healthy Bites appears on MyHealthNewsDaily on Wednesdays. Deborah Herlax Enos is a certified nutritionist and a health coach and weight loss expert in the Seattle area with more than 20 years of experience. Read more tips on her blog, Health in a Hurry!