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Finding the “Fountain of Youth” Revisited

July 11, 2013

Source: The Cooper Institute

The “Fountain of Youth” is legendary proof of people’s historical resistance to physical aging. We’ve previously discussed finding the “Fountain of Youth” for disease prevention purposes through physical activity. Today we want to discuss it in terms of functional capacity….As a young person, your goal is to reach peak muscle mass early. This way, when aging related decline in muscle mass occurs, you are starting with more. Prior research has cited resistance exercise as the cornerstone of the management and prevention of muscle wasting and disability (Morley, 2012). Furthermore, some aerobic exercises (i.e. running walking, and jumping jacks) are weight-bearing exercises that will build muscle and bone mass as well as give you the cardiovascular benefit.

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