Working out five days a week as part of a promotional deal with Achieve Health & Fitness this year has been great.  I have lost 20+ pounds and have gotten a lot stronger but little did I know that the five day regime was the key to helping slow down the appearance of aging.

Researchers from the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine in Dallas, Texas looked at the exercise habits of a test group of people in their 60s and found If you want to stay looking and feeling young you'll have to work out at least five times per week.

(Did they say "at least"?)

They found those who exercised two to three times a week over their lifetime had healthier middle-sized arteries than those who didn't work out at all.  Those middle sized arteries supply blood to the head and neck.  By comparison, all arteries were healthier among people who exercised four times or more per week.

Among the many benefits, getting regular exercise keeps your arteries supple and improves blood flow which in turn helps protect against heart disease.  Better blood flow also keeps your skin looking younger as well as improving well-being and boosting energy.

The walk, the run, the sport or the gym, time spent in activity five days a week pays greater health benefits than even three days a week.