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may minimize the rate at which we lose muscle,” he said.

Piattoly also suggests a balance of healthy fats. “Focus on a mix of healthy fats from sources like olive oil, avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds, pistachios and natural peanut butter.”

3. Select supplements

“Omega-3 fatty acids, especially from fish oil, are beneficial for both brain and cardiovascular health,” Piattoly said, noting that multiple research studies have demonstrated that fish oil supplementation is linked with lower levels of beta-amyloid protein, which may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition, research shows fish oil supplementation can reduce arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death, improve triglyceride levels, and increase HDL (good cholesterol). “I recommend taking between 2,000 and 3,000 mg per day of triglyceride-based fish oil. I personally take and recommend Nordic Naturals. They’re the leading manufacturer of omega-3 supplements and all their products are tested for purity and safety.”

Additionally, because between 50 to 75 percent of the population has a vitamin D deficiency, Piattoly recommends a vitamin D supplement. “Optimal levels of vitamin D may reduce your risk for cancer and heart disease, as well as improve bone health. Shoot for 2,000 IU per day but be sure to speak with your doctor to determine how much you should take,” he said.

4. Embrace technology

Numerous applications for smart-phones and tablets make it easy to track

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your exercise progress, stay motivated and eat healthy. Best of all, most apps are free and only take a few minutes a day to use.

“I’m a big fan of MyFitnessPal, a nice fitness and nutrition app where you can track your activity and what you eat. You can visit www.myfitnesspal.comor download the app to your smartphone.”

5. Be social

“One of the best things boomers can do is form a social network of friends who enjoy living a healthier lifestyle,” Piattoly said. “Surrounding yourself with active people increases your opportunities for healthy activities. Habits are contagious, so associate with people who enjoy regular exercise.”