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How NOT To Act Your Age!

I don't know about you, but I'm not particularly fond of getting older. Having recently watched my Dad develop Alzheimer's, decline physically and lose the ability to care for himself, aging really seems unattractive. I know I can't make time skip over me, but anything I can do to age better sounds good to me.

That's why I'm so fascinated by all the stories I've come across lately stating one easy thing we can all do to help us mature much less painfully. I realize it's a dirty word for some of you, but here it is. Exercise.

That's right, regular exercise not only has benefits for younger people, but it can really help with the following issues involved in aging.

  • It improves cognition - physical activity decreases the risk of dementia and keeps thinking processes sharp.

  • It helps prevent high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. All of these can become serious health problems as we age.

  • It improves bone density. This is significant, since half of all adults over 50 are at risk of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis.

  • It builds muscle strength. This can make everyday tasks easier and help maintain independence.

The good news is that you don't have to run a marathon to experience benefits from exercise. 30 minutes 5-6 times a week is a good amount to shoot for. So if you're concerned about the years that are starting to creep up on you, don't just sit there! Fight back. Get up and move - your body and mind will thank you!


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