One of life’s ironies is that the older we get, the more important it is to exercise and the less inclined we are to do so. The difference between an older person in his or her 80’s who lives independently and those who require significant assistance is often exercise. All other things being equal, those who have exercised regularly from an early age are much more likely to live independently in old age. Every day we come to a fork in the road. One leads to health, strength, and vitality. The other to sickness and decrepitude. We owe it not only to ourselves, but to our children and their children to remain as healthy and independent as possible for as long as possible. Living a healthy lifestyle is not only a smart thing to do. It is the right thing to do.