Work out regularly and drop some pounds
Being obese increases the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, possibly shaving up to 12 years off your life, per an analysis in the journal Obesity.
Exercising regularly may help slow the aging process, Canadian doctors reported."Being physically active is like keeping the car engine tuned," Dr. Fried says. "Even if there's decline with age, it's less severe." You were never an athlete? Don't worry: Starting to work out now can reduce your likelihood of becoming ill going forward, a 2014 study suggests.