Health Really Is Wealth: Being Active In Middle Age Is Like Money In The Bank

Saving for retirement is much like exercise: It’s better to start sooner than later to reap the rewards later in life. 

“Think about your health like a bank,” says Kathleen Trotter, fitness expert and author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit. “You want to put as much money in the bank as early as possible because you get that credit. It’s very hard if you start retirement and you’re already in body debt – if you haven’t been exercising, if you haven’t been sleeping and if you have made poor choices.” 

Being active can mitigate natural changes that occur with age, such as bone loss, muscle loss and mobility loss, notes Trotter. “And the more you can put in that body bank earlier in life, the less likely you’re going to feel all those changes later in life.”

Indeed, numerous studies link exercise in middle age to tremendous benefits as we age, including prevention of chronic illness and better cognitive function. READ MORE