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by Eric Barker

There’s a lot of good advice on how to be happier or more productive or how to have better relationships. But tips on how to improve your whole life — something that will last decades and experience countless unpredictable changes — those should be regarded with extreme skepticism.

The only way to really get some good insights would be to follow a lot of people for their entire lives and see what actually works. Luckily, somebody did…

The Study of Adult Development combined three massive longitudinal studies — research projects that followed people from youth until old age — to figure out what makes a good life.

With almost a century of data on nearly 1000 people, there are plenty of insights. We’ll cover 6 big ones that can get you on your path to awesomeness.

From the book Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Study of Adult Development:

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Physical Activity: A Prescription for Health

Results for Older Adults include:

  • Reduced incidents of falls
  • Reduced incidents of fall related injuries
  • Improved physical function in adults with or without frailty
  • lower risk of mortality
  • lower cardiovascular incidence and mortality
  • lower incidence of hypertension
  • lower incidence of type 3 diabetes
  • lower incidence of bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach and lung cancers.
  • Reduced risk of dementia
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Reduced risk of excessive weight gain
  • Weight loss

...continue reading "THE POWER OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Exercise is Medicine from the American College of Sports Medicine"

Research has shown that the benefits of exercise go beyond just physical wellbeing. Exercise helps support emotional and mental health. So next time you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed, try to get up and start moving!

Physical activity can help:

  • Reduce feelings of depression and stress, while improving your mood and overall emotional well-being.
  • Increase your energy level.
  • Improve sleep.
  • Empower you to feel more in control.

...continue reading "Go4Life: Feel Down? Get Up—Emotional Benefits of Exercise from the National Institute on Aging"