Americans are living longer, with an average life expectancy now surpassing 78 years.
But are we living better?
Thanks to our increased lifespan, we’re also spending more years living with chronic conditions like heart disease  and diabetes — not the outcome most of us would hope for.
Reducing your weight by just 10 pounds may be enough to lower your blood pressure. Losing weight can help to enhance the effects of high blood pressure medication and may also reduce other risk factors, such as diabetes and high bad cholesterol.
But a recent study suggests that becoming fit in middle age, even if you haven't previously exercised, appears to reshape the landscape of aging.
For many, being physically fit  "compresses the time" you’re likely to spend being debilitated during old age, leaving the earlier post-retirement years free of serious illness and potentially imbued with a finer quality of life.
Talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program . It’s never too late! Just twenty to thirty minutes of walking on most days of the week may be all you need.
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