“Your only as old as you feel!” goes the popular saying. So who wants to suffer thru achy joints, fuzzy thinking, saggy skin or other unpleasant side effects of aging? The good news is that with a little bit of effort, you don’t have to.

Here are six simple, healthy habits that will help keep you young from your head to your toes.

Go green every day (your brain)  Loading up on six or more servings of leafy green vegetables as part of a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet can help stash your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease by more than 50%, according to a recent Rush university study.

Step away from your inbox (your heart)  It’s no secret that the never-ending influx of email can be a stress inducer. Constantly feeling over whelmed can be tough on your ticker.  Adults who check their email just 3 times a day report feeling significantly less stressed compared to people who have unlimited access to their inbox, found one recent University of British Columbia study.

Trade sweet snacks for healthy fats (your skin)  Load up on the sugary stuff and you might look older than you actually are, recent Dutch findings suggest. When the afternoon munchies strike, reach for a satisfying snack sans sugar, like half an avocado drizzled with lime juice. The creamy green fruit is packed with skin-plumping fatty acids as well as the antioxidant vitamin E, which can help fight sun damage when paired with vitamin C in citrus.

Boost your track record (Your muscles and bones) You don’t need to run marathons or lift weights to minimize age-related lean muscle mass and bone loss. But you do need to keep moving “We get slower and weaker if we don’t use our bodies,” says Vonda Wright, M.D., author of Fitness after 40 (Amacom)

Get friendly with the scale (your knees) When it becomes to preventing creaky knees, the scale might be your best ally. Being overweight or obese more than doubles your risk for developing painful knee osteoarthritis and according to the National Institute o Health, weighing in frequently is crucial for keeping pounds in check.

Make comfort a shoe-in (your feet) A third of adults over age 65 experience feet discomfort or stiffness, usually the result of decades spent wearing the wrong shoes. “Bunions can develop when your feet are squeezed into pointy or high-heel shoes,” says New York podiatrist Suzanne Fuchs, DPM. Over time wearing heels can even weaken the muscles in the ankle that help you stay balanced, increasing you risk for falls, according to a recent Korean study. So stick with sensible options, a rounded or boxy toe, and heels or wedges less than 2 inches high, for every day, and save the stilettos for special occasions. In time, your feet, and entire body, will thank you.

Source:  Elyria Chronicle Elyria, Ohio Parade  Magazine Supplement July 2015