"if you had to pick up one thing . . .that came closet to the fountain of youth, it would have to be exercise." -James Fries, MD, expert on aging, Stanford University.
Exerts: The Real Fountain of Youth: Exercise
Getting physical results in a longer, healthier life
by: Katharine Greider
In terms of longevity, regular exercise seems to have an impact that few other health measures can match.
Compared with sedentary men and women, people who did an hour and a half of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity weekly — less than 15 minutes a day — were 20 percent less likely to die during a follow-up period of more than a decade, according to a 2008 report by a federal guidelines committee. And when these exercisers spent more time moving — an hour a day — they cut their risk of dying by a whopping 40 percent.
Studies also strongly suggest regular exercise helps keep us sharp. A federal report concluded that while being physically active in midlife and beyond may not prevent dementia, it seems to delay its symptoms. Research has shown, too, that regular walking helps delay or even prevent the brain shrinkage that heralds the onset of dementia.
We commute longer. We sit down to the TV and computer more than our parents did." And "we're paying for it by having higher rates of obesity."
Folks, lets get up and move, our brain and body depends on it.
What good is a great body and a sick mind -
Same good as a healthy mind and sick body-
we have to balance the two so that they work together.
A great mind and a healthy body = longevity.