The saying it’s never too late is still largely true for most of us, regarding most things.

It’s certainly true when it comes to working out in your 50s.

You might assume that if you didn’t get in shape by your 20s or 30s that you were doomed to bad health later in life.

Not necessarily so.

A new study finds that fitness in your 50s is associated with less chronic diseases down the road.

Experts already knew from voluminous studies that the more fit you are, the longer you generally live.

But they are seeing more and more clearly that being fit in your 50s means a better quality of life later on.

The chronic diseases they looked at included Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer.

Researchers are quick to point out that a good diet is also critical. You are what you eat to an extent. Garbage in, garbage out.

As I always say, be so vigilant what you put in your belly, your heart, and your mind. It all matters more than you think.

So yet another study seems to prove what should be obvious to everyone.

Eating healthier is better than eating garbage.

Moving around–as briskly as you can–is better than the sedentary life.

And even in middle age, staying fit can avoid all sorts of problems around the distant corners of your life.

So take care of yourself. Live longer and healthier and happier.

It will improve not only YOUR quality of life, but also those who love you.