Staying Active/Regular Exercise Takes 30 Years Off Your Body New Research Shows; Regular Exercisers Have Hearts And Muscles Of People Decades Younger Than Them
As we sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, we shouldn’t need to much motivation to hit the gym/fitness center tomorrow/Friday. If any of you do need a little motivation to hit the gym tomorrow, then Peter Lloyd provides it in his November 22, 2018 article he posted on London’s the DailyMail.com. According to a newly completed study by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, “physically fit pensioners have almost identical muscles to 25-year-olds. Ball State researchers looked at “how staying active can offset [the] physical decline associated with aging,” Mr. Lloyd wrote. Ball State studied 28 septuagenarians who have been exercising consistently since the 1970s. The results, which were recently published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, “also noted those who workout regularly — shave 30 years of their body’s ‘biological age,’ — compared to their peers.”“Interestingly,” Mr. Lloyd wrote, “the subjects were not athletes, but people who adopted fitness into their lifestyle during the exercise boom of the 1970s.” “We were very interested in people who had started exercise during the running and exercise booms of the 1970s,” said Scott Trappe, Professor of Exercise Science, and the study’s senior author. “They took up exercise as a hobby,” and incorporated it into the everyday lives.
Using social media, the researchers found 28 people who had maintained this level of activity [regular exercise] for five decades,” Mr. Lloyd wrote. Ball State researchers also added two other [study] groups: inactive 70 year-olds, and fit 20 year-olds. “The scientists tested the participants’ aerobic capacities, and enzymes in their muscles — high levels of which demonstrate muscular health.”
“Interestingly, the muscles of the older exercisers — matched those of the 20-year-olds,” researchers found. “Similarly,” the older, life-long exercisers, “had far more capillaries and enzymes in their muscles than the inactive pensioners — meaning they had effectively staved-off the physical impact of old age,” Mr. Lloyd wrote. “In fact,” he added, the only difference between both active groups — young and old — was a slightly decreased aerobic potential. But, for fit pensioners, this was still 40 percent higher than their sedentary peers. Moreover, when the data was compared to the national averages at different ages, the active pensioners had the cardiovascular health of people 30 years younger.”
“The results suggest the aging population could ‘build a reserve’ of good health,” the study concluded. “These people were so vigorous,” Professor Trappe told the DailyMail. “I’m in my 50s, and they certainly inspire me to stay active.”
I can personally attest to all the above; and, I have the medical numbers to back it up, such as low blood pressure, a resting heart-rate of 48-52, and the blood flow of someone much younger. So, enjoy today; but, hit the gym tomorrow, and make fitness and regular exercise part of your everyday life. You won’t regret it. Gobble, Gobble. RCP, fortunascorner.com