Oh, to be 25 again. Maybe that was the time in your life when you could bench the most weight, run your fastest mile—and still get away with crushing a pizza and some beer afterwards without tacking on a gut. But, aging isn’t as bad as you may think—at least when it comes to your fitness. In fact, keeping up your exercise routine as you get older can actually help you to essentially age in reverse. Really. Just look at the results of a recent survey which looked at 4,200 athletes who competed in The National Senior Games, the average real age of which was 68, yet their “fitness age” was 43. That’s nearly ¼ century difference. You can find out more about how fitness age is calculated—and actually discover your own fitness age here.
“The National Senior Games athletes are living proof that you can make a dramatic impact on slowing the aging process by staying fit,” says Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, Trustee, National Senior Games Foundation Board. Just take a look at these four amazing men—ranging in age from 59 to 101—for proof and inspiration.
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