Monday, September 27, 2010

Lifelong Exercising Yields Sensational Results

ScienceDaily (Sep. 22, 2010) — Senior active skiers have twice the oxygen-uptake capacity of seniors who do not exercise. This is shown in new research at Mid Sweden University.

"The findings show that humans have a great potential to maintain a high level of physical work capacity and thereby better quality of life even at advanced ages," says Per Tesch, professor of sports science.

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Now the results of the study are being presented. They show that the maximum capacity for oxygen uptake is twice as great among active senior men compared with men who do not exercise. The results for the active seniors are comparable to values for men who are 40-50 years younger but do not exercise to improve their stamina. Analyses of muscle samples at the molecular and cell level reveal a profile similar to what is found in younger men.


There is plenty of evidence that physical activity helps us maintain and improve our health, but one factor in this study is surely that people who are healthier ti start with are more likely to remain active.


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