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Good Nutrition Pays Off Down the Road

Is one of your clients a grandma or grandpa who is striving
to be fit? Eating well appears to be a key piece of the
puzzle, says an investigation published in The Journals of
. The study found that those who stuck to a
higher-quality diet with abundant fruits, vegetables and
whole grains throughout adulthood performed better in
various measures of physical fitness—including mobility
and balance—in their early 60s than those who took less
interest in eating healthfully.

Importantly, adults who didn’t improve their diet
until later in life also tended to score better in fitness
tests. The improvement could prevent incidents like falls,
which can contribute to poor aging and shorter lifespans.
So, if you want to live long and prosper, make those trips
to the supermarket part of your fitness regimen.

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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