07/28/2014 10:15 am ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

5 Surprising Tips On Staying Vital As You Age

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We know to eat right and work out, but there are a host of lesser-known life-lengthening strategies in the book Aging Wisely by Robert A. Levine, M.D. See five of his surprising tips on staying vital as you age—”simple guidelines for people who want to age wisely [that] require minor amounts of discipline, but are worthwhile for the payback received in terms of a happy and productive life as we age”—below.

Everyone ages—it’s an inevitable part of life. There are aspects of this process we cannot control, and others that we can. We are capable in many ways of determining how we age, and we can choose to maximize our physical and mental potential to lead a productive and pleasurable life as we grow older.

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