Looking after yourself is not about age, it’s about attitude

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LESLEY KEATING: A white-knuckle pursuit ending with a lesson in trust

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A survey has revealed that the age of 45 is linked to a decline in health.

A third of people who had reached this age reported that they suffer joint pain, one in five said they had high blood pressure and one in 10 experienced shortness of breath.

I know the demands of work and family can make it harder to exercise regularly and that becoming a desk jockey with a sedentary office job can easily lead to an expanding waistline.

Yet giving in isn’t the answer. When you get to an age where you start losing parents and other relations, it makes you extremely aware of your own mortality.

If you carry on eating too much of the wrong stuff, overdoing the drink, smoking and not trying to keep fit, you’ve only got yourself to blame.