How Old Is Your Body?

Do you know how old your body is? Sometimes, our body is older than we are and that is not what most of us dream about. Whether we are in our 30s, our 40s or 50s, we want our bodies to be younger, fitter and trimmer. We want to be in good shape and we want to feel good. Your body age is determined by a test of strength, cardiovascular condition, body fat percentage and flexibility.

Our physical age is determined by the number of years that have passed since our birth dates. But our body’s age is determined by how well we take care of it. Maintenance is very important for any system whether it is mechanical or biological. For example, if you buy a brand new car, but don’t ever take it in for an oil change, refill the water or tune up the engine, it likely won’t last five years without a mechanical breakdown.

Your body is absolutely no different.

If you don’t take care of it and provide regular maintenance, your body doesn’t come with a warranty and repairs can be far more difficult to effect on your body than they are on a vehicle or piece of electronic equipment. Muscle atrophy, skin stretches and your body ages – but if you take care of it, work out regularly and provide regular maintenance through physical check ups, healthy nutrition and more – you can actually reduce your body age – so a 40 year old person can actually have a body age of 30 or younger.

Our physicians have long used the threat of blood pressure or high cholesterol to get people to exercise more regularly and get in shape. But you don’t have to wait until your health is in danger. In fact, if you like to look and feel good – exercise now. When you exercise regularly, you are regularly flushing toxins out of your body. Your hair and skin will have a healthier glow. Your body will have a healthier feel. Your muscles will be tauter and more toned.
There is no such thing as turning back time. You can’t go back in time and you can’t go back to being 25 again – but you can feel better and your body can feel younger – and why not? There is that old saying – you’re only as old as you feel. So how old do you feel? How old is your body? How old would you like it to be?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.

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