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TREADMILL EXERCISE IS KEY TO FITNESS OF OVER-40 AGE GROUP, EXPERTS SAY

TREADMILL EXERCISE IS KEY TO FITNESS OF OVER-40 AGE GROUP, EXPERTS SAY
 MEDWAY, Mass., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Health and Fitness experts recently concluded that the fastest-growing market for fitness is the 40 plus market and regular treadmill exercise is critical to fitness, good health and longevity for the over-40 age group.
 The conference, sponsored by TROTTER, featured speakers who supported treadmills as a primary source of effective exercise for specific reasons.
 In sum, the conference found treadmill exercise "can increase life expectancy and the quality of life for people 40 years and older," said TROTTER President Peter Haines. He noted this went beyond recent American Heart Association findings on the benefits aerobic exercise on cardiovascular health.
 The conference's keynote speaker was Robert Pritikin, director of the Pritikin Longevity Centers, a network of wellness centers that cater to clients with a history of health-related problems.
 "The key to Pritikin Longevity Centers' success with the middle-aged market is that we help create and sustain motivation. We have found that walking on a treadmill, the most natural and comfortable form of exercise known to man, is the most consistent long-term exercise that our clients will adhere to."
 Aging can effectively be combated in part through such exercise as the use of the treadmill, according to William Evans, Ph.D., chief of the Human Physiology Laboratory at Tufts University's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
 "The physical deterioration of advanced age is not a static, irreversible biological condition," he said. "It's a dynamic state that, in most people, can be changed for the better no matter how many years they've lived or neglected their body in the past. There are 10 determinants of aging that can be slowed or prevented with better diet and regular exercise. Based on our research your body can be rejuvenated whether you're middle-aged or pushing 80."
 Evans and Neil Sol, manager of The Houstonian Fitness Club in Houston, both foresee growth in the number of fitness clubs to serve the over-40 age group. Thirty percent of America's population is over 40, the highest percentage it has ever been. Sol added that the fastest- growing area within the fitness industry is in the field of personal trainers.
 While participants said they used TROTTER treadmills in their wellness and fitness clubs, Haines said the new model TROTTER 525 is designed for use in the home. "Walking on a treadmill is virtually injury free," said Haines. With its 90 pre-programmed workouts and custom-designed programming feature, the 525 is like having one's own personal trainer."
 For further information about the fitness benefits of regular walking on a TROTTER treadmill, particularly for those who are older than 40 years, call 1-800-TROTTER.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Black and white photos and color slides available for interviews/
 /CONTACT: Laura Toorock of TROTTER, 800-677-6544, or Peter Littell, 413-665-2296/ CO: TROTTER ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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