How can I prepare for aging while I'm young?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the most important way to prepare for aging while you are young. This includes eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise, including cardiovascular, balance and strength training.
Here are the primary factors in preparing for aging while young:
  • Exercise: Countless studies remind the public of the benefits of regular exercise for overall health and stress management.
  • Eating healthy: Nutritional experts recommend a balanced diet containing the proper portions of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein sources.
  • Regular checkups: Regular physical exams and blood tests are very important in detecting early risk factors for heart disease and other conditions.
  • Stress management: Many studies have found that stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions such as obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems and asthma.
  • Don’t smoke: Avoiding habits that are detrimental to your health may be an obvious factor, but many young people are still opting to smoke cigarettes despite decades of studies linking chemicals in tobacco products to various cancers and heart disease.

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