• Next to the food we put into our mouth, whether we like it or not, there’s simply no better prescription for youthfulness than daily rigorous activity. The ability to exercise remains one of the most accurate predictors of longevity. Many ills attributed to “normal aging” are simply a result of chronic inactivity. Engaging in the proper type of physical activity is one of the best things you can do to regain and maintain your vitality.

    Whether you choose resistance training such as weights, or cardiovascular exercise such as brisk walking, anything that helps you increase your strength, endurance, and stamina can help you feel younger and live longer. Aim to exercise 5 times per week, and at least 30 minutes per session. Push yourself harder on days when you feel you have more energy, and go easier when you feel less energetic.

    And every day, find ways to move your body such as using the stairs rather than an escalator or elevator, walking the dog, chasing your kids or grandkids, or mowing the lawn. Anything that moves your body is not only a great fitness tool, it is a wonderful stress reducer too.