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What are the best exercises as you age?

Exercise’s anti-gravity effect on your body provides more than enough incentive to hit the gym (hello, perky posterior!). But it only works if you do it correctly—too much of one thing and not enough of another can actually add years to your body.

We talked to the pros to single out the most common exercise habits that age you, and what to do instead. If you’re tired all the time and feel achy and sore, you may not be allowing your body enough time to heal between workouts, which can age you, says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and director of exercise physiology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

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