More and more of us are now living longer, but what’s the secret to a long and healthy life? Eating well and taking part in regular exercise are just two of the ways that you can look after yourself. It’s also important to go for regular health checks to ensure that any conditions are diagnosed early enough and can be treated effectively. Even as you get older, the fitter you stay, the more you will be able to continue doing.

Eat well

One of the best ways that you can stay healthier for longer is to eat the right type of foods. We all need a little treat every now and again, but it’s important to ensure that the majority of foods we consume are as healthy as possible. Your diet should include the right mix of foods, such as plenty of fruit and vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates. You should try to limit your intake of fats, sugars and salts as too much cholesterol and saturated fat can put a strain on your heart and other organs, leading to major problems in old age.

It’s also vital that you keep your body well hydrated as a lack of fluids can cause your body to become tired and your brain confused as you get older. Any alcoholic drinks should be consumed in moderation.

Get some exercise

It doesn’t matter how old you are, exercise is good for your body as well as your mind. As you get older, the fitter and more mobile you are, the less you will have to rely on others or need additional support. Research in the US has also shown that men who were in their late 40s were less likely to suffer colorectal and lung cancers if they were very fit.

The type of exercise you should do depends on your level of fitness and what you enjoy. Those in their 20s or 30s might want to take up running or aerobic exercises. However, if you’re over 40, you might be better off going for a good walk. Swimming is a comprehensive form of exercise for all ages as the water puts less pressure on your body and it can benefit a number of areas. If possible, you should exercise a little every day and build up as you get stronger and fitter.

Have regular health checks

It’s vital that you see your GP regularly and have all the age-appropriate checks, such as those for breast, prostate and bowel cancers. Research scientists are constantly developing advancements in the treatment of these conditions, such as the work of in the fight against cancer. By being tested for cancer and other illnesses, there is more chance of problems being picked up early. The sooner you are diagnosed, the better your chances of survival will be.

Keeping yourself fit and healthy will not just benefit you in the immediate future; it can also enable you to live a longer, fuller and more productive life.

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