AGE LIKE AN ATHLETE
The fitter you are when you’re young, the fitter you’ll stay as you age, according to a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Researchers followed a group of elite male athletes who trained for the 1968 Olympics, testing their cardiovascular fitness again in middle age and in their late 60s/early 70s. Results showed their fitness remained above average even as they became less physically capable.
The study also revealed the men had continued to exercise, and concluded that we should rethink “normal” fitness levels in later life, as current advice is based on an outdated profile of sedentary older people.
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