It is important at any age to exercise and to be physically active. As we reach our forties and fifties however, it may dictate whether or not we live high functioning and happy or with chronic conditions and misery. A study published by The National Institute of Health (NIH) identifies eight chronic conditions that are greatly reduced by being fit in midlife. Those conditions are congestive heart failure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and colon and lung cancer. Remaining fit throughout middle age helps us postpone and shrink the amount of time we may have to spend living with chronic illness. Other studies have shown that living with long term chronic illness greatly increases depression and decreases our ability to enjoy the hard work we have put in to enjoy retirement the way we should. We do not have to overdo exercise or join some insane workout program to reap the benefits. Moderate exercise including strength and aerobic has great benefits in short spurts and for less than thirty minutes a day. It is SO IMPORTANT to find the 30 minutes a day, especially in midlife. Up to 85% of people do not exercise in populations over 50. There are many reasons for that so if you need help getting on an exercise program, get it. Find a program that is safe and supportive. It will save your finances. It will save your happiness. It will save your life. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!