The choices you make now can make a lasting difference. People who stick to a healthy lifestyle in middle age are far more likely to see old age, suggests a new Norwegian study.
Researchers analyzed the fitness habits of men in their 50s, then followed up several decades later and found 37 percent of guys who didn’t smoke at baseline survived to age 85, versus 23 percent of smokers. For non-smokers who regularly broke a sweat, 49 percent reached 85, compared to only 28 percent of men who refrained from puffing but were generally sedentary—even after adjusting for other factors like cholesterol and blood pressure.
What’s more, 46 percent of normal-weight participants made it to 85, while only 29 percent of overweight men reached the mark.
Besides sticking to an exercise regimen and avoiding cigarettes, remember to log adequate sleep: Clocking 5 hours or less per night is associated with a 12 percent greater risk of death, found a recent Italian study.