Most baby boomers are approaching retirement age and are not willing to follow the basic goals of a healthy lifestyle set by the American Heart Association, said Dr. King, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at West Virginia University, referring to that of her university. 2017 study compare the healthy lifestyle rates of retired adults at the end of middle age with those who are still working.

Kaiser Health News interviewed three other leading experts on aging and health on how seniors can find the will to adopt healthier habits.

"People do financial planning for retirement, but what about retirement health planning?" Said the king.

1. Buy good sneakers. Buy a pair of high quality sneakers specifically designed for walking, said Carolyn Rosenblatt, founder of, who started participating in triathlons at age 63 and continues to do so at age 70. Start by walking around the block. Increase this time by walking 30 minutes at least three times a week – or set a goal of increasing your walking distance by 10% per week. And leave your sneakers by the door of entry.

2. Practice your balance. The best way to avoid falls is to maintain a good sense of balance, Rosenblatt said. Train on one leg with your eyes closed for at least 30 seconds.

3. Improve your breakfast. Stop eating the bun with coffee. Consider replacing a homemade smoothie with a banana, seasonal fruit, almond milk and protein powder or a sugar-free protein slab. And remove excess sugar in all your meals, said Rosenblatt. Replace the soda with seltzer water.

4. Relax sensibly. Find ways to manage your stress by avoiding eating, drinking alcohol, or smoking. There are many meditation programs that you can download to your phone and listen for even 10 minutes, said Rosenblatt.

5. Train to the resistance. To keep your muscle mass off, do weight lifting by lifting dumbbells or using weight machines, said Kay Van Norman, owner of Brilliant Aging, a healthier aging consulting firm. "Your muscles are incredible, but if you do not use them, you lose them," she said.

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6. Hit the ground. Aging adults should regularly practice getting on the ground and getting up. "If you do not lie on the ground, you will not be able to do it after a while," said Van Norman.

7. Challenge your speed. Although people over 60 do not seem to need to worry about exercise that involves speed and intensity, they do, Van Norman said. "Most people do not even think about speed to stay healthy, but tennis players do it all the time, you need to do something to improve your speed, not just your power." That's why sports like tennis can be great as you get older, she said.

8. Believe in yourself. Confronted with self-doubt and depression after several tragic and difficult events, Sharon Sultan Cutler, 71, turned to therapy to help her feel better about herself. even. "The first person to whom you have to believe is yourself," said Sultan Cutler, an author. "People like to be surrounded by other people who believe in themselves."

9. Approach a project. Choose a project that makes sense to you. Sultan Cutler chose to co-write (along with two other writers) his first book, "Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 1956-1963", a look inside his previously-favorite television show. , "American Bandstand" by Dick Clark. It does not matter that she has never written a book before. She is now in her third book, "Your new you after 65: precious tips to inspire your beautiful aging." "It's like having a waking dream that you can actually make happen," she said.

10. Embrace personal improvement. Some call it continuous learning. Living a healthier lifestyle requires constant learning and self-improvement, said Sultan Cutler. Look for local learning resources such as community colleges, where classes are often heavily discounted for seniors, she said. "Self improvement is not just physical – it's mental, too."