He had a simple answer: don't smoke, stay thin and exercise. Here's how I'm doing in those categories.
- Don't smoke. Fortunately, I do not smoke, except for an occasional cigar, which occurs about once every five years. I don't expect to take up smoking either.
- Stay thin. He clarified this statement as, "Don't eat too much." My corollary is that there are not many fat men in their eighties. While I eat much less than I did in my youth, I'm still about 7% above the maximum of the weight range. I need to get back to below my weight in high school to be within the ideal weight range. I've been close since retiring, but I haven't been able to hold the weight for more than a month yet.
- Exercise. While I do get exercise, it's probably not enough. I've started jogging again about three times a week. I also play tennis a couple times a month, down from once a week. I'll also probably do some light weight lifting.
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