Ageing Su B

It’s a hot topic nowadays. How can you grow old gracefully, keep your marbles and your mobility, and enjoy those many years to which – statistically speaking – we can all look forward?

The short answer seems to be: carry on using them. Walk a mile or so, at least three or four times a week. Stretch your body with exercise, both gentle and aerobic. Stretch your mind with new learning, puzzles and crosswords, thinking things through. And the research shows that physical exercise is one of the biggest things you can do to minimise the risk of dementia, as well as reducing the likelihood of osteoporosis, heart disease, and so on and so forth.

Of course, you risk having an accident, or getting wet, or out of breath, but if you want to live a long, healthy life, there’s no contest. It’s worth it. We are designed to move, and although exercise can feel effortful or even painful at times, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

It’s more important than what you eat, though of course that matters too. And it’s certainly more important than taking supplements or having the huge variety of treatments on offer

Do the moving first, and other things will fall into place.