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Tips for living a longer, healthier life

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Albany/HV: Tips for living a longer, healthier life
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Although more people are living longer in the United States, the hope is that they are living better. In this edition of Health Living, YNN's Marcie Fraser takes a closer look.


Fred Clas is 91, and he still works out. He said he concentrates on staying limber. According to Dr. Lee Shapiro, there are special considerations when exercising as you age.

"As far as the aging process, first goes and the things you are most concerned about are your cardiac function, your lung function and your mind," said Dr. Shapiro.

Fred knows his limitations too well, an aging body can be more prone to injury. His exercise program began after he hurt his shoulder.

"In six months I had gone to this, I couldn't do this and now, I can do anything I want with my arm," said Clas.

After Fred was given a green light to continue with his exercise by his doctor, he created his own fitness routine.

Clas explained, "I came up with 10 exercises, I call it Fred's 10 daily limbering up exercises in ten minutes."

He works his entire body, including torso twists, hula hoops, and calisthenics.

"Calisthenics also give you a very good, if it is for a sustained period of time, a good cardiovascular workout as well as a muscular one," said Dr. Shapiro.

If you are just starting to exercise, go slow and have fun.

Dr. Shapiro added, "And the key thing is not seeing exercise as a part of the work day or a task but gives something that really gives you enjoyment."

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