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Why To Exercise Today: It's Like Facial Filler But For Your Body

Dermal filler photos on plasticsurgery.org
Dermal filler photos on plasticsurgery.org

An old friend was bemoaning the effects of aging this weekend, saying that his eyes had filled with "junk" and his body was deteriorating in all sorts of disturbing ways. I found myself reassuring him that aging isn't necessarily linear; I really think I feel and look younger this year than last year, I told him, perhaps because I'd added weights to my exercise routine.

Prevention Magazine puts it even better: Strength training fights the sag much as plastic surgery would, but without the needles and scalpels:

Following a regular strength-training routine that creates better, more supportive muscle tone will help you firm sagging skin from the neck down. "I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older," says Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist in Metairie, LA. "It's like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body," says Dr. Farris.

That little incentive is part of a broader feature, 8 diet and exercise mistakes that age you. The other exercise related anti-aging tips: Don't overdo the workouts, and try yoga.

This program aired on July 24, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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