Dr. Oz eases ageing down road to fitness

Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:14pm EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - TV viewers know him best as the dashing Dr. Oz, Oprah Winfrey's plain-talking protege in surgical scrubs.

Now the star of the Dr. Oz Show, Mehmet Oz, has reached the mellow age of 50 and has teamed with AARP Magazine to create a six-month plan for increasing longevity among the 50-plus population.

The charismatic cardiothoracic surgeon rose to fame shocking audiences with show-and-tell displays of decaying lungs and rotting livers to press his message -- take care of yourself, or else.

These days his message has not changed, but his method bears a distinct trace of easy does it.

Oz's regimen includes 18 stretching, strength and balance exercises, most of which can be done on the living room floor, along with dietary guidelines and checklists.

The linchpin is a daily 30-minute walk. Oz's fans will also recognize his characteristic calls to meditate and drink green tea.

"It's very gentle, very basic for someone who is starting out and not terribly healthy to begin with," said Gabi Redford, editor for AARP magazine, which focuses on quality of life issues for the 50-and-over age group.

"At the end of six months, if you can do all of these things, follow the diet, ramp up exercise, manage stress, we guarantee that blood pressure, healthy cholesterol, and blood sugar, will improve," said Redford, whose magazine reaches 35 million readers.   Continued...