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50 Reasons Why You’ll Age Better Than Your Parents

Reader's Digest Canada Logo By Tina Donvito of Reader's Digest Canada | Slide 1 of 50: Getting older doesn't have to mean becoming frail and disabled. You can have a great quality of life well into your 80s like these five incredible old women who are awesome at life despite getting older. The push for more exercise throughout your life can actually have benefits later on. One recent Canadian study showed that octogenarian athletes had 30 percent more motor units in their leg muscle tissue—resembling the muscles of people decades younger on a cellular level—than older people who were sedentary. So, we now realize that a decline in muscular health as we age is not inevitable. 'We know the benefit of fitness at every age,' says New Jersey-based dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies.

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Getting older doesn't have to mean becoming frail and disabled. You can have a great quality of life well into your 80s like these five incredible old women who are awesome at life despite getting older. The push for more exercise throughout your life can actually have benefits later on. One recent Canadian study showed that octogenarian athletes had 30 percent more motor units in their leg muscle tissue—resembling the muscles of people decades younger on a cellular level—than older people who were sedentary. So, we now realize that a decline in muscular health as we age is not inevitable. 'We know the benefit of fitness at every age,' says New Jersey-based dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies.
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