Lifestyle Strategies for Healthy Aging
The Longevity Fix: Fidget more. Walk more. And if you have a sit down job, break at least once an hour to move around.
Pump Some Iron
The Longevity Fix: The American College of Sports Medicine suggests resistance training two to three days per week with eight to 10 exercises for major muscle groups.
Downplay Saturated Fat
The Longevity Fix: AHA guidelines call for limiting saturated fat to 7% of calories; 16 grams for a 2000-calorie-per-day diet. And opt for healthy fats, like avocado, peanut butter, olive oil, and nuts.
Pile On the Produce
The Longevity Fix: Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at meals. Need more specifics? Check out the government’s fruit and vegetable calculator.
Fish Twice a Week
The Longevity Fix: The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty varieties) twice a week. Check out Fish 101 for specifics.
Opt for Whole Grains
The Longevity Fix: Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains. What about “multigrain”? Be careful, “many grains” are not necessarily whole grains.
Sip Green Tea
The Longevity Fix: The greatest green tea benefits come from two cups per day.
Ditch Excess Sugar
The Longevity Fix: Tap fresh fruit to satisfy a sweet tooth. Reserve cakes, pies, and cookies for the occasional splurge.
Recipe for a Long, Healthy Life