We spend a lot of time nowadays striving to remain as young as possible—for as long as possible. All is on the lookout for a miracle potion or pill that can slow down the aging process.
However, if you just want to keep your youth, stamina, and vitality as you get older, a recent research might have the solution.
The key is excellent fitness.
Researchers in Ontario, Canada, conducted a one-of-a-kind investigation. They likened 80-year-old world-class track and field athletes to average people their age.
“The outstanding participants are one of the most unique and novel elements of this research,” study author Geoff Power said.
“These are people who compete in world masters track and field competitions in their 80s and 90s. There are seven world champions among us. These people are the best of the best when it comes to aging.”
According to the findings of the study:
- The athletes’ legs were 25% stronger on average.
- In addition, athletes had about 14% more body mass than non-athletes.
- In addition, the athletes’ leg muscles had about a third more motor units.
Motor neuron failure occurs naturally as people age, resulting in decreased muscle mass, weight, speed, and control. At the age of 60, this mechanism speeds up.
“Exercise is a significant contributor to physical performance,” Power said, indicating that non-athletes would benefit as well. “Remaining healthy, even as you get older, will help prevent muscle loss.”
To reap the rewards of exercise, you don’t have to be a professional athlete. Walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling are also beneficial to your health. Enroll in a group fitness class or join a youth sports team.
Thirty minutes of medium to intensive exercise every day will help you stay younger, smarter, and happier.
SOURCE: Exercise keeps muscles — and you — young: Study. Press Release. University of Guelph via EurekAlert.