Physical Exercise Helps Your Body says Research

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A study has said that physically fit pensioners have almost identical muscles to 25-year-olds. This is according to a study that looked at how staying active can offset physical decline associated with ageing. Experts from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, United States (U.S.) studied 28 septuagenarians who have been exercising consistently since the 1970s. The results, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, also noted those who work-out regularly shave 30 years of their body’s ‘biological’ age compared to their peers. Interestingly, the subjects were not athletes, but people who adopted fitness into their lifestyle during the exercise boom of the 1970s.

Scott Trappe, professor of exercise science and the study’s senior author, said, “We were very interested in people who had started exercising during the running and exercise booms of the 1970s. They took up exercise as a hobby.”

Using social media, the researchers found 28 people maintained this level of activity for five decades. They also recruited two other groups: inactive 70-year-olds and fit 20-year-olds. The scientists tested the participants’ aerobic capacities and measured the number of capillaries 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.

Similarly, they 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. In fact, the only difference between both active groups – young and old – was a slightly decreased aerobic potential.

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