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Your kids are out on their own.  Your home and your life are yours again.  Maybe you're even retired.  It's time to enjoy the good life, travel, grandchildren, hobbies.  But the good life can only be yours if your body is up to it.  This is where exercise comes in.

Fitness is simply a matter of "use it or lose it."  By using your muscles (including your heart muscle), you make these muscles stronger and more efficient.  Much of the frailty that accompanies old age is due to lack of use.  But even if you haven't stayed physically active over the years, you can still get your body working smoothly again.

Warding Off Disease and Welcoming an Active Life

In addition to keeping your motor running and your body ready for action, exercise helps ward off a number of diseases common in old age.  Exercise helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes by lowering cholesterol levels, controlling blood pressure, preventing hardening of the arteries, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.  In addition, exercise helps manage arthritis pain, blood sugar levels, and the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.  Weight-bearing exercise helps build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis.  Finally, exercise can relieve two common complaints among older people: insomnia and constipation.

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