Preventing a Middle-Age Slump
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Preventing a Middle-Age Slump

Satchel Paige was around 60 when he took the mound for the last time in 1965, throwing three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics. Clearly this super-star of the Negro League and the majors, embodied one of his favorite sayings: “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

But a study reveals for many of you the middle years are a time of decline, not achievement—at least when it comes to health. A Duke University-lead team enrolled 775 participants of both genders and many races/ethnicities, age 30 to 100, and had them go through the paces: repeatedly rising from a chair for 30 seconds; standing on one leg for a minute; and walking for six minutes. Regardless of gender or other demographics, physical decline started showing up in the 50-year-olds.

That means as you reach your 50s you need to increase physical activity so you protect or increase agility, balance, speed and strength. That’ll help protect you from a precipitous decline that accompanies being overweight, inactive and inflexible—diabetes, immobility, obesity, heart disease and a roster of chronic problems from digestive woes to cancer.

So, today’s the day (at any age!) to start walking 10,000 steps daily; doing strength-building two to three days a week; jumping (you’ll get higher over time) 20 times twice a day; and practicing yoga for balance and flexibility. Then your next 50 years may be filled with as many (or more) interesting adventures as your first 50!

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