Walking, keeping strong and fit will most likely lead to a longer life.
The old cliche that aging is not for sissies may hold true for some, but these days we are lucky to have so much solid science and technology available to keep us on the right track to a longer healthy life. But it us up to each of us to decide on whether to act on this knowledge.
The truth is that one of the best indicators of quality of life is whether or not you are becoming fragile in your advancing years. For those of us of a certain age, it is important to work to not just improve cardio health, but also to maintain and build flexibility and muscle strength. Keeping active, walking, even sports are all linked to longer longevity.
One of the most powerful and useful tests for predicting length of remaining lifespan is almost too simple. In a study published in 2014, a research group in Brazil came up with a simple cost-free test that measures physical fragility and accurately predicts all-cause mortality over a 14 year period. This peer reviewed paper, published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, is titled “Ability to Sit and Rise From the Floor as a Predictor of All-cause Mortality”.