Exercise to Stay Young

Discovered: The Fountain of Youth!

What if I told you that the Fountain of Youth had been discovered and that you could reap the benefits of its life-extending, body-enhancing powers today? You would probably think I had either lost my mind or that I was about to pitch a new line of supplements to you! But it’s true, the Fountain of Youth exists, and I need you to read on, because these next few paragraphs will change the way you view your body forever:

Age creeps up on you in the form of lowered metabolism, easier weight gain and aching muscles and joints. In fact, at the age of 50 most people begin to lose 12% of their muscle strength and 6% of their muscle mass with each passing decade. It’s no wonder that for centuries people have been so intrigued with finding the Fountain of Youth!

But did you know the real culprit behind age-related ailments? Disuse That’s right—your body feels the effects of aging most when you don’t use it! Makes sense, doesn’t it? In youth we are generally active and vigorous, and as the years pass by we tend to be more cautious and less apt toward physical activity. This disuse takes quite a toll on our bodies.

Exercise is the Fountain of Youth.

Exercise is the only proven way to drastically combat aging and to regain your youthful body. In fact, most people are able to regain up to 1/3 of their muscle strength and mass after participating in an exercise program for just a couple of months. Many studies have also shown that seniors who exercise regularly live longer than those who don’t. Isn’t that amazing!

What if you aren’t 50 yet—maybe not even 40? Should you simply sit back and relax, since aging is so far off in your future? No! If you are younger than 50, I still have one piece of advice for you—exercise! By making exercise a part of your daily life you are in the position to arm yourself against ever feeling the full effect of aging on your body. What a powerful thing! And guess what? Exercise brings you a plethora of other benefits as well.

And you thought that exercise was only useful for losing weight! Not only will exercise increase your strength and muscle mass, check out this list of the proven benefits of exercise:

  • improved sleeping patterns
  • improved blood profile
  • increase in bone density
  • increased life expectancy
  • improved cardiovascular health
  • decrease in life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes, insulin resistance and heart disease
  • increased muscle strength
  • decreased blood pressure
  • improved psychological health
  • increase in mobility and flexibility

Wow! Did you know that exercise could do all of that for you? It has been proven that regular exercise will help keep you younger even as your age increases. And we are talking about both physical and metal youth.

So now that you know the secret power of exercise, what should you do to harness it? Participate in a regular exercise program and feel younger and more vibrant than ever! Making the decision to get into shape will be the best one you make in your life, and I encourage you to contact me to jump start your exercise program.

Are You Hungry?

When you find yourself reaching for a candy bar—WAIT! Are you really even hungry? Or are you simply eating out of habit? Next time you find yourself gravitating toward a junk food fix do a short burst of physical activity instead. A dozen jumping jacks, 15 crunches, a walk around the block… you get the idea! By the time your heart rate returns to normal you will find that your craving has passed—and not only did you save yourself from empty calories, you burned extra calories as well!

End-of-Summer Angel Cake

Angel Food Cake

Who doesn’t love a slice of cake? This light and airy delicacy is the perfect end-of-summer treat for your taste buds. Top it with fat-free whip and fresh strawberries.

Ingredients:

  • 11 egg whites at room temperature (large eggs)
  • 1 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat room-temperature egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla on medium speed until soft peaks form (these tips should curl). Slowly add granulated sugar, one spoon at a time, and beat until the peaks are stiff.
  2. Sift powdered sugar and flour together. Sift ¼ of the powdered sugar mixture over the beaten egg whites and fold in gently. Repeat this and fold in the remaining powdered sugar mixture in the remaining fourths.
  3. Pour into an un-greased 10-inch tube pan. Gently cut through the batter to remove air pockets.
  4. Bake on the lowest rack at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. The top should spring back when touched lightly. Immediately turn the tube pan upside down to cool thoroughly. Once cooled, loosen cake from pan and remove. Enjoy!

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