As we age the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take care of our bodies. Exercise and eating right keeps you emotionally well balanced. Benefits of taking care of your body include lowered anxiety and depression, a better ability to handle stress, fewer sleep disorders, a more positive mental outlook, and reduced loneliness. Senior adults who maintain high levels of cardio, strength training, and work on flexibility are less likely to be dependent for long-term care. Strength and flexibility exercises can help to prevent falls and injuries by improving balance and mobility. Improved strength helps individuals function independently, with improved gait and bodily control. Good senior nutrition keeps muscles, bones, and organs strong and healthy. Drinking plenty of water and eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, and adds to the prevention of some cancers. For seniors, combining healthy eating and exercise creates a healthier immune system making recuperation faster when recovering from an illness or injury. A higher quality of life and enhanced independence is important as we age and it’s as simple as making better choices in our diet and taking the time to exercise.