How can age affect your health? With age comes wisdom. But sometimes, age can also bring physical limitations and health conditions. As you age, your muscles and bones change, which may limit your flexibility. In a sense, the same thing happens with your heart and blood vessels.

As you age, watch:

  • Your cholesterol level
  • What you eat
  • How often you exercise
  • Whether you smoke
  • How you deal with stress
  • How much you weigh

Exercise even if you have limited mobility. Low impact exercises are easier on your joints. So think about:

  • Taking a daily walk with a friend
  • Riding a stationary bike
  • Swimming or doing water aerobics, which are especially good for people with arthritis

Any activity that works for you will also help your heart work better too.

Don't discount the impact that lifestyle factors can have on your health. According to the National Institute of Health, a healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of heart disease by 82%.