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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Believing These Persistent Fitness Myths Can Sabotage Your Success by Joseph Mercola

You are never too old to start exercising. In fact, exercise gets even more important with advancing age. Research shows that, no matter your age, you stand to gain significant improvements in strength, range of motion, balance, bone density and mental clarity through exercise. Ideally, you will have made exercise a regular part of your life long before you reach your "golden" years… but if you haven't, there's no better time to start than the present. Research has shown that regular exercise, even initiated late in life, offers profound health benefits.  

For example, consider the following scientific studies:

  • Even a small amount of exercise may protect the elderly from long-term memory loss and even help reverse some of the effects of aging.ii
  • Women between the ages of 75 and 85, all of whom had reduced bone mass or full-blown osteoporosis, were able to lower their fall risk with strength training and agility activities.iii
  • Moderate exercise among those aged 55 to 75 may cut the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which increases heart disease and diabetes risk.iv
  • Among those who started exercising at age 50 and continued for 10 years, the rate of premature death declined dramatically, similar to giving up smoking and mirroring the level as seen among people who had been working out their entire lives.v
  • Exercise significantly improved muscle endurance and physical capacity among heart failure patients with an average age of

I need to exercise to protect my brain -

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