As we age, we can alter how we are going feel in our late 80’s, 90’s and even into the 100’s. A few small inexpensive tweaks can drastically improve our quality of life as we get older. According to Mark Lachs,director of geriatircs at new york-presbeterian health care system, we all have an inevitable date with immobility. Which means that once we reach a certain point in our life, we will start loosing muscle mass and range of motion and lose the ability to move around easily and be able to take care of ourselves. Lots of pain will accompany this loss of motion. Usually the loss of motion is due to arthritis setting into certain joints causing the joints to break down and degenerate slowly over time. Things you do now, however, will drastically improve your quality of life as you age. And can even prevent or delay the inevitable date with immobility. Walk. Swim. Bike. Do Yoga. Do any type of physical activity. If you stop being active and become a couch potatoe, it can cause you to lose mobilty 20 to 30 years before you would if you had been exercising and taking care of yourself throughout your life. Don’t despair though, it is never too late to start. Even if you are 70 or 80, you can still gain improvements and feel better and decrease the onset and progression of arthritis through exercise and eating right. Even if you just walk 3 days a week for 20 minutes, that little bit of exercising will have a huge effect on your body as you age. The trick is to exercise consistently. You will get more out of walking 20 minutes 3 times a week for the rest of your life then you will from exercising a lot for a few months then letting it go then picking it back up a few months later. This up and down is very tough on your body and actually makes it harder to loose weight in the long run. So remember, exercise daily, if you can, and exercise for the rest of your life. If you can, your reward will be a longer and more independent and less painful life.