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Exercise: The Fountain of Youth

By Jill Feilmeier on September 30, 2014 in Healthy Living

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “You're as young as you feel?”

If you find yourself feeling your age, it might be time to get active! Even though there are no roadmaps to good health, starting and maintaining an active schedule can contribute to healthier bones, a healthier body, and yes, a healthier smile.

Healthier Bones

Your bones are more important than you might think. Not only do they structurally support your body, but they also keep your internal organs safe and store necessary minerals, among other functions.

As you age, osteoporosis becomes a greater threat than it was in your younger years. Luckily, simple exercises can help reduce your chance of osteoporosis; in some cases, exercising can actually help build bone density back up.

Healthier Body

The hype is real, people. Exercising genuinely does help your body function properly. In addition to feeling better, regular activity can hold off common diseases like diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

Healthier Smile

Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for obesity, a disease known to cause dental health problems. In addition, physical activity may decrease your chances of having gum disease.

To give you a jump-start, here are three tips for starting your new exercise routine:

  1. Visit a doctor. The first step to a successful exercise routine is getting the okay from your doctor.
  2. Start slow. Find a walking buddy and do one lap around the local track. Slowly increase your distance, as your body gets stronger.
  3. Find an activity that is fun to you. If walking isn't your forte, look for something that you can enjoy doing, like prancercising. We promise not to judge.