Being physically fit during your 40s and 50s doesn’t just make you more likely to live longer.
It also improves your chances of ageing healthily, lowering your risk of chronic illness such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s and colon or lung cancer.
Researchers who tracked the health and well-being of more than 18,000 US adults since 1970 found those who were fittest in their mid-life years were significantly less likely to have chronic diseases at 65 and beyond.
- Did you know? On an average day, 42 per cent of New Zealanders exercise, compared to 87 per cent that watch TV. (Source: Weight Watchers Plate of our Nation key findings)
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