New Study Says that It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

Senior people who never exercised and started working out in their 70s or 80s have the same ability to gain muscle mass as athletes of a similar age, according to a new study from the University of Birmingham.New Study Says that It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

In the study, the participants were divided into two groups where the first group included master athletes in 70s and 80s who exercised during their entire life, and the second group consisted of healthy people of similar age who never worked out.

Every participant received an isotope tracer and after that performed a single bout of exercise on an exercise machine. After that, the researchers made a muscle biopsy within the 48-hour period.

Lead researcher Dr Leigh Breen says: “Our study clearly shows that it doesn't matter if you haven't been a regular exerciser throughout your life, you can still derive benefit from exercise whenever you start. […] a long term commitment to good health and exercise is the best approach to achieve whole-body health, but even starting later on in life will help delay age-related frailty and muscle weakness.”

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