BE HEALTHY IN 20 YEARS
Invest in your health today and increase your chances of remaining vigorous in the future. Here are some tips to making sure that happens.
- Keep your muscles strong. If you’re sedentary, you can lose 8 percent of your muscle mass between ages 40 and 50. Muscle loss means less physical strength. How will you fare in 20 years with less strength than you have today?
- Be aware of your posture. Hunching over your computer can tighten your chest muscles and weaken those in your upper back. This imbalance can lead to back and neck pain. Stretch and strengthen your muscles.
- Eat fish twice a week. Most brains shrink with age, more so after age 60, but eating fish can slow that progress. Studies have shown that people who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week show less brain volume shrinkage in key areas related to dementia compared to those who consumed less fish. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish have been linked in research to better brain health because they reduce inflammation.
- Cut calories. Overeating may be harmful to our brains. Consuming more than 2,140 calories a day doubles the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment over the course of 12 months. “Eat less to prevent memory loss,” says Yonas E. Geda, MD.