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How to age well and stay healthy

How to age well and stay healthy

Ageing well and staying in good health isn’t just genetics and good luck. You’d be surprised how much of it is within your control. From the food you eat, to how active you are, if you make smart choices (and wear sunscreen!) you will age well and vastly improve your chances of staying healthy and beating illness. 

According to numerous studies, the smartest choice you can make is to exercise. And the great news is you can start at any age. 

DON’T STOP – EVER

It’s easy to get to 65 (or even 45?) and think ‘right, that’s it, time for my slippers and the sofa’. But that’s a fatal error (literally). Although you won’t be as active as you were – some loss of stamina and strength is inevitable as you age – stopping completely will increase your risk of premature death. 

Why? Too much inactivity is a serious health risk. In fact, one 2018 study showed lack of exercise may be worse for you than smoking. 

But as bad as physical inactivity is for ageing, choosing to Hussle is always an effective remedy. At any age, any time, anywhere. 

EXERCISE – THE MIRACLE CURE FOR AGEING

So why does exercise help you age well? 

Your vital organs are healthier when you work them hard. One study showed that people in their 70s who exercised regularly had the equivalent lungs and heart of people 30 years younger. 

If you want the scientific details, it all comes down to your telemores.  These ‘caps’ at the end of your chromosomes tend to shorten as we age. Research shows that people who exercise regularly have longer telemores, making them ‘biologically’ younger than sedentary people.

So the choice of how well you age may well be down to how often you choose to Hussle. How active you are every day. And how much you can avoid sitting on the sofa bingewatching the latest Netflix series! 

Make the smart choice. Hussle regularly and enjoy it. Then life outside the gym will become easier and more enjoyable too. 

 

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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