If you're regularly working up a sweat, you are on the right track towards living a long, healthy life. But don't expect to slow down once you hit the Big 6-0. Research by Frank Mayer and colleagues from the University of Potsdam has found that progressive strength training in the elderly can reduce sarcopenia (age-related loss of muscle mass, strength and function), and retain motor function. Also, more strength training means less chance of falls and injury since posture improves and intramuscular and intermuscular coordination increases. The next time you head to the gym, take an elderly loved one with you -- and hope your grand kids will do the same for you one day. Researchers in this study recommended that healthy people ages 60 years and older should train three or four times per week. This means using traditional training equipment like free weights, resistance bands or cuffs, your own body weight or computer-guided equipment during each workout session. And the higher the intensity, the better the results! And don't forget to exercise your mind, as well. A study published in the June 8 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found that older people who regularly exercise at a moderate to intense level may be less likely to develop the small brain lesions — sometimes referred to as “silent strokes” — that are the first sign of cerebrovascular disease. CVD is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability among older Americans. “These ‘silent strokes’ are more significant than the name implies, because they have been associated with an increased risk of falls and impaired mobility, memory problems and even dementia, as well as stroke,” said study author Joshua Willey of Columbia University in New York and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “Encouraging older people to take part in moderate to intense exercise may be an important strategy for keeping their brains healthy.” Share your healthy lifestyle habits with a loved one. Learn more at the National Institutes on Aging, a great resource for anyone who is elderly or who is caring for the elderly. Its new Go4Life program was created to motivate older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines. Check out the site here.