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Cancel Your Botox Appointment, Because Working Out Could Give You A Body Up To 20 Years Younger

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There’s no fountain of youth, though the ladies of Bravo’s Real Housewives would love to find it. There is, however, a way to keep yourself young physically. And that way is — no, not botox — exercise.

According to a new study of participants in the coming Senior Olympics, older athletes can be much younger, physically, than they are in real life. The study found that the athletes’ fitness age is typically 20 years or more younger than their chronological age — a pretty big incentive to hit the gym.

Fitness age is a concept developed by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. The researchers took note of epidemiological data that showed people with above-average cardiovascular fitness generally lived longer and had longer life spans than people with lower aerobic fitness. The jist? At any given age, fit people — or those who regularly work out — are relatively younger (at least in their fitness age) than those who are out of shape.

For this experiment, researchers surveyed 4,200 participants in the Senior Olympics. A special, dedicated site for participants was created to see just how their lifestyle affected their biological age.

The results showed some pretty fantastic results: While the athletes’ average chronological age was 68, their average fitness age was 43, an astounding 25 years younger.

This “massive” difference was similar for both male and female athletes. Just about every athlete had a lower fitness age than his or her chronological age, strengthening the case for working out. And in even better news, researchers confirmed that many participants in the Senior Olympics didn’t start their “fitness journey” until later on in their life — meaning it’s never too late to start lifting some iron, running around a track, or doing sit-ups.

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