10 things your doctor wishes you’d start doing in your 50s

Exercise is crucial to your health, but forgetting to warm up and cool down before and after your workout can leave your vulnerable to injury—especially as you enter your 50s. Photo: Pexels

(Lauren Gray/ Best Life) — Whatever age you are, the best time to start prioritizing your health is now. However, certain health habits are especially beneficial as you reach your 50s, before the health consequences of not doing so set in.

Adopting a few simple interventions could be the key to health and longevity, doctors say, helping to stave off disease, preserve cognitive function, improve your quality of life, and more. Read on to learn which 10 things your doctor wishes you’d start doing in your 50s, if you aren’t doing them already.

Getting a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is one of the best things you can do for your health, doctors say. It’s associated with a wide range of health benefits, including lower incidence of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, mobility issues, obesity, and more.

Ryan Glatt, CPT, NBC-HWC, personal trainer and brain health coach for the Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, says that resistance training is especially useful for adults over the age of 50. (…)