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Arlene Phillips The former Strictly Come Dancing judge has hit 70 but feels much younger. Here's the secret of youth IF you invest in your health and have a bit of good fortune you can be a fit and active senior citizen just like Arlene Phillips.

Rather than writing off her golden years, last week, just before her 70th birthday, Arlene told the Record that she didn't feel old and had more energy than her daughters, aged 22 and 33.

She said: "Inside I don't feel my age. But what does 70 feel like? If I look at that number, I can't imagine that it's me.

"I'm energetic and always on the run."

Health experts use a technique called Healthy Life Expectancy (HLE) to calculate the average age that a population remains active and free of serious disease.

In Scotland, a girl born today would expect on average to live until they are 80, with 62 of these years being classed as "healthy".

Poverty still plays the greatest influence with currently an 18-year gap in HLE between the least and most deprived areas. Depressing though that sounds, it is still worth investing in your retirement health, no matter your circumstances and it is never too late to start.

Stopping smoking before age 30, for example, will add 10 good years and give you more energy, fewer wrinkles and whiter teeth in later life.

Sticking close to your target weight will help you breathe easily and avoid arthritis in your knees and hips, so keeping you mobile.

Maintaining physical fitness through regular exercise, such as walking or dancing as Arlene does, maintains strong supple muscles and reduces risk of a shrinking and a curved spine from osteoporosis. A balanced diet, packed with fruit and veg helps with the weight but also reduces the risk of illnesses such as diabetes and cancer that can limit us in our twilight years.

Arlene is an inspiration and sets the standard for us all to work towards.

'If I look at that number, I can't imagine that it's me'
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 17, 2013
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