We all know that consistent exercise can make us look good on the outside and lead to increased energy and overall well-being. But did you know that as we age, life-long exercise can slow down the aging process and even make our hearts, lungs, and muscles physiologically younger?
In a study published in the August 2018 issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University, found that people in their 70s who had been exercising regularly for decades, maintained heart, lung and muscle functioning quite similarly to people 30 years their junior. To maintain this healthy lifestyle, the requirement is, no more than 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily.
As for muscle strength however, that’s where the most remarkable findings were. For study participants who continuously built muscle strength throughout their lifetime, the researchers were amazed to find that the 75 year-old muscles looked the same as 25 year old muscles.
Even if you have not been exercising consistently throughout your life, it is never too late to start. However, it is always important to see your doctor first before beginning any exercise regimen. You should consult your healthcare provider before beginning any new fitness program or for advice on any dietary changes. You may walk-in to any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, or you may schedule an appointment by visiting our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.