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.