Flexibility, activity can counterbalance the effects of aging

Appropriate physical activity can counterbalance aging to help individuals avoid much of the weakness and stiffness associated with old age, according to Staying Fit Over 50 by Jim Sloan. Among the studies Sloan cites is a six-week stretching program for 63- to 88-year-olds that increasing their flexibility to the same extent as a group of adolescents placed on the same program.

Flatten your belly
Not only does the combination of a low-fat diet and exercise help you lose weight faster than either diet or exercise alone, it also is the most effective way to reduce abdominal fat, according to the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders.

Fasting can boost 'bad' cholesterol
A seven-day fast resulted in a near-doubling of overall cholesterol due to an increase in LDLs, the "bad" cholesterol, in a study done at the University of North Carolina. The 10 volunteers, who began the study at ideal body weight, experienced no change in HDLs, the "good" cholesterol.

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