Ever notice that some people’s golden years seem a bit more, well, golden? You’ve earned this time to invest in yourself and to live well. Good health means a great quality of life. Research suggests that adopting a few simple habits can help you live both longer — and better. Take a cue from these 10 things thriving healthy seniors do:
Here’s what shocking about American diets: They are probably worse than you think. We lead the world in sugar consumption and stink at eating enough fruits and vegetables. We also typically exceed the recommended intake levels of calories from solid fats, added sugars, refined grains, sodium and saturated fats, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
Lifelong dieters know the basics. To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you consume. Proteins are more satiating than carbohydrates. Donuts are seriously bad news. But what if you think you’re doing everything right? Exercising more and, eating less,and still not seeing results? It could be an underlying health problem like hyperthyroidism or medication-related weight gain. (Check with your doctor.) Or it could be something simpler.
Take this quiz to find out what could be sabotaging your weight-loss goals: