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The Fountain Of Youth: Exercise and Fitness Slow the Aging Process

Ponce de Leon was searching in the wrong place for the Fountain of Youth. He should have been going to his local health and fitness center.

Studies have shown that moderate to heavy exercise will reduce the chances of both heart disease and osteoporosis.

Further studies have also shown that working out is important for aging people in promoting good health, functional independence and the quality of life.

In short, it will help slow the aging process and prevent or reduce the chances of disease and disability.

Regular exercise helps regulate blood pressure and it will boost the production of HDL, the good cholesterol. Working out also reduces obesity and increases bone density.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least fifteen to sixty minutes of aerobic exercise three to five days per week.

The target heart rate for these sessions is between sixty to ninety percent of the maximum for each individual. The maximum is 220 minus your current age.

It is never too late to start, but if you haven't been working out regularly, ease into a program of aerobics and strength training. One of the best options for those nearing seniority is to join a health club or the local YMCA.

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Health Insurance plans or Medicare Supplement will often pay for any membership costs. It's in their best interests to keep you healthy.

Weight training is safe and important for senior citizens. Not only will they be stronger, but they gain balance and bone density. Even small changes in strength and muscle size will improve the quality of senior living

Aging is a characteristic of all living organisms. In us people, it need not be without grace. The mechanism of aging still is not understood by our medical profession.

Some of doctors advance the theory that aging has been programmed into our cells in order to avoid overpopulation.

Wear and tear on our bodies is not the cause of aging, otherwise how can we explain how fit, flexible and healthy are those who exercise regularly.

Age Classifications

Youth - birth through teens.

Young Adult - 20-35 years of age. Biological and physical performance is at its peak.

Middle Age - 35-45 years of age. Physical activity wanes, some body fat accumulates.

Later Middle Age - 45-65 years of age. Hormone product reduced, careers have peaked and a general decline of physical condition.

Early Old Age - 65-75 years of age. Disabilities begin to appear in the inactive. Middle Old Age - 75-85 years of age. Increased disabilities and some dependence on others.

Very Old Age - Over 85 years of age - Becoming totally dependent.

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Expectations are that there will be 8 - 10 years of partial disability and a year of total dependency.

This doesn't have to be your schedule. Becoming physically active at any time in our life cycle will definitely improve the quality of our lives.

If we have been active in our early age stages, we should never stop exercising and maintaining our strength and flexibility.

Studies have shown that a well preserved 65 year old who exercises regularly may out perform a sedentary 25 year old.

This is in terms of maximum oxygen intake, muscle strength and flexibility. Their actual biological ages might not be that far apart.

Though our exercise capabilities may change over time, there is no need for them to halt. Exercise programs may be modified to accommodate any lessening of capacity.

If we remain active throughout our lives, that capacity will lessen much more slowly.

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