Not to put too fine a point on it, but kicking up your heels six days a week may lower your risk of kicking the bucket too early. That holds true even in the twilight years. In one recent study, elderly men who averaged 30 minutes of exercise a day, six days a week, had a 40 percent lower risk of dying prematurely. Among this crowd, that’s the same benefit as quitting smoking. Silver foxes (and the like) aren’t the only ones who benefit from more exercise, of course. Numerous studies have linked consistent exercise to a longer life, including a recent one that focused on middle-aged men and women. Find ways to walk, bike, swim or hike — any activity that gets your heart rate up — most days of the week. And if formal exercise isn’t your thing, check out these ideas for Ways to Get Fit Without Even Trying. Whatever you do, don’t fall into the all-or-nothing trap. Getting some exercise is much better than getting none. If you can’t find half an hour, get out there for 15 minutes of heart-pumping activity. And don’t forget to dance like no one’s watching! You’ll give your kids or grandkids a giggle — and up your chances of enjoying those smiles for years to come.
“True enjoyment comes from the activity of the mind and the exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” Wilhelm von Humbolt