AGE LIKE AN ATH­LETE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - B+S -

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.

It’s never too late to get in shape. Here are three myths about ex­er­cis­ing as you age.

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