They say you're as young as you feel. But a recent survey of adults in their 40s says they're feeling their bodies are already in decline by their mid-40s.

According to the poll, the average respondent said "intense back pain" started around age 44, knees began "creaking and cracking" around age 47, and their hearing started slipping two years after that.

I'm like, what?! These reports have me floored. As many of you know, I just turned the big 5-0 and though I do admit that I am starting to "feel" things, there is no way I am going to give into them. I believe that age is just a number and if you want to remain and feel young, you've got to work for it. Exercise, eating right (or the best you can most days) and treating your body to things like massages, facials, and yoga/meditation type activities will slow the aging process better than anything else. Hey, I'm trying.🙋🏼

Those surveyed also noted their senses of smell began wafting away around 46, and the average ankles started to go downhill around 47. Ten percent of those surveyed said they noticed their eyesight getting worse as early as their 20s. In fact, nine out of 10 say at least one body part isn't as strong as it was, and eight in 10 say they've noticed deterioration in some part of their body, with those in that group saying things started going downhill from ages 37-40.

Is it any surprise that seven in 10 respondents say they can't get off the couch without struggling and grunting? Now that right there is alarming and would have me very afraid if that was me. Thankfully it's not.

The survey says that 43 percent of those polled say they wish they'd taken better care of their bodies in their youth, and 60 percent warned their kids to not do as they did.

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