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With Exercise, You Don't Have To Act Your Age!

Do you remember the song “I’m gonna live forever?” You may not be able to do that, but the good news is that you can add years to your life if you get off the couch and break a sweat. 
An existing body of evidence already shows that fitter people live longer. Now, an article published in this month’s Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, confirms a link between exercise and longevity. 
How does physical activity increase our life span?” 
“It’s actually quite simple,” says Reggie Dulaney, a personal trainer at Panthro Fitness in Pittsburgh, PA. “Regular exercise, especially when combined with a healthy diet, helps prevent heart disease and cancer – two leading causes of death in the United States, as well as obesity, diabetes, and other medical conditions that can cause premature death.” 
Of course, it’s not just a matter of having a longer life, but a better one too. “We should focus on the quality of life, not just the length of it,” Dulaney notes. “Exercise will make you healthier, stronger, and fitter, so you can continue to be active and enjoy those extra years to the fullest.”  
Besides preventing cardiovascular disease and certain forms of cancer, as well as helping us lose weight, exercise also provides other significant benefits. To improve your overall health and quality of life, Dulaney suggests including these workouts into your regular program: 
Strength training: As we age, our muscle mass declines and our body becomes weaker. In fact, most of us lose 3 to 5 percent of the mass per decade, and the decline increases after 50. However, strength training will not only build up muscle mass and keep the body strong, but also help prevent bone density loss that occurs in osteoporosis. 
Vigorous and brisk activity, such as interval training. Not only does it strengthen your heart and speed up your metabolism so you continue to burn fat and calories hours after your workout is over, but it also increases the flow of oxygen- rich blood to the brain and encourages the formation of new brain cells. This process reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other mental conditions that diminish our cognitive abilities as we age, such as dementia. 
Balance and flexibility exercises will improve your stability and coordination, keeping you from falling down and sustaining serious injuries - a big problem among older people. It will also increase your range of motion, decrease muscular tension, and strengthen your joints, tendons and ligaments – all of which will go a long way in preventing or relieving the pain and discomfort of arthritis. 
“These are just some of the ways regular exercise can add happy and healthy years to your life, no matter your age,” Dulaney adds.
About Panthro Fitness:
Launched by fitness expert Reggie Dulaney in September 2008, Panthro Fitness is a co-ed personal training fitness program which specializes in the area of weight loss. Program details and client testimonials are available at www.panthrofitness.com. Dulaney, a certified fitness expert with 6 years of experience in the fitness industry can be reached at train@panthrofitness.com or 412-951-2906.
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About Reggie Dulaney, Fitness Expert:
Dulaney is an ACE certified fitness expert with 6 years of experience in the fitness industry.  He can be reached at train@panthrofitness.com or 412-951-2906 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.

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