A long life is a blessing, but like every good thing, it comes at a price. In this case, the price is aging, which puts a lot of pressure on the body–leaving its mark on every part.

However, aging doesn't mean ill health is inevitable as you grow older. You can age and maintain a sound body and mind. How? You probably already know the answer: a healthy lifestyle.

The science behind aging

Do you remember the childhood riddle: "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?" The answer is us—from babies crawling to seniors walking with a cane.

The body keeps changing from birth until death. As the cells in your body multiply, you grow older. Eventually you get to a point where your cells get tired and start waning, and that's aging in a nutshell.

Some effects of aging on health

Aging expresses itself in countless ways, both of body and mind, but here are some of the most common effects to expect:

  • The bones (including the teeth) become more brittle, joints stiffen and mobility decreases.
  • The blood vessels become stiffer and