optimal health at any age

There is no Benjamin Button secret to staying forever young, and every minute of every day you’re getting older, whether you like it or not. The good news is that many aspects of aging well are within your control, and if you exercise regularly, nourish your skin and fuel your body properly, you can defy the decades with dignity

YOUR 20s


In your 20s, you have plenty of time to train hard and sleep well (between bouts of socializing) and, lucky you, your metabolism is red hot. Your training results come quickly and easily, and losing 5 or 10 pounds for an upcoming vacation or reunion is not much of a challenge. “Most women hit their highest basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn just by being alive) in their late teens and early 20s,” says Michele Olson, Ph.D., exercise physiologist and clinical professor of sport science at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. “These women don’t need to worry much about losing weight, and time feels limitless.”

Though you might not be focused on weight loss, you should start thinking about muscle gain because

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