This is your life

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THE REST OF YOUR LIFE STARTS NOW.  It's true you can shape your destiny. But it will require choosing one of two paths: 1) Muscles turn to flab in your thirties, you get clumsy in your forties, weak in your fifties, and by your sixties you're primed for heart attacks and cancer. At 74, it's sayonara, sucka; you've just hit the average life expectancy for an American male. 2) You're Vincent Carnevale, 86, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and you just ran your 500th race—your 500th race since turning 70, that is.

The Fountain of Youth is a myth. But take heart: Intelligent training and an adventurous spirit will keep you running, kicking and screaming at the peak of your potential for years to come.

Research has proven that consistent exercise can add two years to your life, and it undoubtedly improves the quality of those years. People with active lifestyles don't show age-related changes to the same degree as sedentary people.  Your biological age can be different from your chronological age. If you're fit, you'll always act younger than you are.

The choice is a no-brainer, right? So, if you haven’t started your strategy to stay young while you were young, do it now for the long run.  It pays off with years of enjoyment.