Health
Saturday, March 21, 2015
BY TONY WAGNER Citizen Columnist

Dear Mr. Fitness:

How do you age-proof yourself? I heard you talk about this at a seminar a while back and again at the gym. But that was some time ago and I wasn't ready to try it. I think I have forgotten most of what you said, anyway. I'm 56 years old and want to age-proof myself. I'm male and don't do too much now. This does sound like a good idea.

-- Aged

Dear Aged:

You bet age-proofing yourself is a good idea! In fact, if we are all lucky enough, we'll live to a ripe old age. Nothing wrong with that. The trouble is, are we living a long time and still able to do things?

Are you doing the same physical things that you did in high school or college? Utilizing the brain the same way? Can you fit into the same size dress, pants or other articles of clothes you did 20 or 25 years ago? Some folks can't fit into stuff they wore only 10 years ago! Let's be honest! If you can answer "yes" to these three questions, congratulations! You are most likely aged-proofed!

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people look and feel nothing like they used to. Don't believe me? Just look around. Why is this? They, and possibly you, stopped doing the physical things they did in high school and college. This includes the brain work. too. Incredibly, when we exercise, we help nourish the brain! You make excuses about not having the time or whatever to do those activities. Life moves on. If you continued to do the same physical elements you used to, you would be well on your way to being age-proofed. Look at how people become older looking: Thick midsections, soft bodies, no energy, saggy everywhere. ... Not good, but possibly true.

Continue or, in most cases, begin an exercise program. This should be OK'd by your doctor first. This should consist of three days a week of weightlifting, which will help keep the bones strong, too. Walking would be smart.

Modify your current fat intake when it comes to eating. In other words, slow down on eating fats. Reduce sugars and carbohydrates in the diet. Drink more water.

Begin this simple approach to overall health and fitness and you will not only look younger, but also you will feel younger too! You're on your way to becoming age-proofed! Get to it!

-- Mr. Fitness

Tony Wagner, aka Mr. Fitness, has more than 30 years of fitness and nutritional expertise. He has helped thousands of people get into and stay in shape. Contact him at: mrfitness1@aol.com, Facebook us, or stop by Bodyzone Fitness Center, 2740 N. Roosevelt Blvd., 305-292-2930.

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