Thriving of the Fittest

We all know that exercise does a body good, but interestingly, little research has been done on the long-term significance of being fit in middle age. Turns out that even modest amounts of cardiovascular exercise in the middle years can have an impressive impact in the senior ones.

Researchers affiliated with the renowned Cooper Institute and the University of Texas report people who exercise throughout middle age not only live longer, they live better! A study that followed more than 100,000 Medicare recipients concluded those who had a commitment to fitness had lower rates of chronic, debilitating and potentially terminal illnesses during a period that spanned more than two decades.