1-It’s never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle. Even well into their 60s and 70s, adults can take action to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease.
2. Amp Up Your Fitness – If there’s one step you should take for improving your health and helping you steer clear of chronic disease, it’s exercise, and it really is never too late to start. Exercise helps control body weight, lower your blood pressure and strengthen your muscles, which helps you avoid injuries by making you less likely to fall. An increase in muscle mass helps your body metabolize drugs more like a young person does which means medicines can be cleared from the body more effectively.
3. Daily Flexibility – Daily stretching is important, Dyer said. Your muscles tend to shorten and stiffen when you aren’t active, but stretching activities such as yoga will improve your flexibility. Yoga improves flexibility and can help relieve the discomfort of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. It also helps to improve strength & balance.
4. Manage Your Weight – Sticking to a healthy weight by exercising and eating right has multiple benefits. If you can keep your weight down, you’ll decrease your risk of diabetes, as well as certain types of arthritis.
5. Take Preventative Measures – Preventive measures, such as getting a yearly flu shot and getting screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, are also important for growing old gracefully. Keeping an eye on other disease indicators, such as high blood pressure and the early stages of diabetes, can also make a difference in terms of the degree of disability people experience later in life.
6. Stay Optimistic! – A slew of studies also suggest that optimistic people live longer and are less likely to develop certain chronic conditions such as heart disease.