My parents are two people I know who have aged exceptionally well. I say this because:
They look almost exactly the same today as they did 25 years ago (as evidenced by the 2 pictures below)
They have no illnesses (like diabetes and hypertension) that require medication.
Neither have white hair yet! (At the age of fifty)
Eyesight pretty much intact!
(The first picture is today. The second is from twenty five years ago)
All this isn’t a coincidence because they both work pretty hard on their health. Here are some interesting things I’ve observed:
Once I woke up from my sleep in the dead of night to find my dad pacing up and down in the living room. Concerned, I asked him if anything was wrong. He said he was trying to finish the day’s 10,000 steps.
Both my parents eat very, very healthy. I have been asked more than once how my packed lunch could be green everyday.
My mother never misses her morning walk. She’s actually the one nagging my dad to get out of bed and walk everyday!
My father has actually refused to eat his own birthday cake (but this is just showing off! I think he was trying to make us eat healthier by example)
They don’t eat between meals. They are vegetarian. They barely ever eat out.
The bottomline is they work very, very hard.
These are my own observations. I decided to ask them and see what additional tips they give.
My mother said it is sleep (8 hours everyday). Fair enough.
Why do older people have trouble walking and, in more severe cases, begin to fall because their bodies are too weak?
The older you get, the more muscle you lose. It’s called sarcopenia. According to one study.
Is there a way to prevent it?
Picking up weights and moving a few dozen times will prevent, and even reverse Sarcopenia.
So if you want to be able to walk when you’re 70 years old, get a gym membership.