The Key To Staying Young Is Exercise
Age is only a number, especially if you exercise regularly according to a new study. More importantly, regular exercise. along with proper diet, helps you to maintain a strong immune system.
A Body In Motion Wants To Stay In Motion
Newton's first law of motion - sometimes referred to as the law of inertia, states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. If you want to stay young, you'll want to get moving according to a recent study published in the journal Aging Cell.
Aging Accelerated By Inactivity
Aging is in large part caused by inactivity according to new research and is often accompanied by a waning immune system and frailty. Researchers have found that regular exercise is the remedy for rapid aging and frailty and that those who have stayed with an exercise regimen have healthier immune systems.
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Activity vs. Inactivity
The team did two experiments. The first involved taking muscle samples from their volunteers. The second involved a detailed analysis of their immune systems.
Researchers worked with a group of 125 male and female cyclists aged 55 to 79, who regularly cycled 35 to 60 miles a day. They compared them to 75 other people their own age, who did not exercise. Researchers also compared the bikers to 55 younger adults aged 20 to 36 who also didn’t exercise.
Not surprisingly, the older cyclists maintained muscle mass, healthy cholesterol levels, and they did not gain as much body fat as the inactive adults. What is more, their immune systems looked 30 or more years younger, researchers found.
Typically, people begin to experience immune system decline by the time they are 20. But this wasn’t the case for the cyclers.
“It really tells us that staying physically active all of your adult life can prevent much of what we think of as aging, including immune aging,” said Janet Lord, who directs the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham.
You Can Get Older And Stronger
In the end, the study postulated that what has come to be an expected loss of immune protection may be caused by a lack of physical activity, instead of aging.
“We conclude that maintained physical activity into middle and old age protects against many aspects of immune aging which are in large part lifestyle-driven,” the researchers wrote.
“Our findings debunk the assumption that aging automatically makes us more frail,” Lord said in a statement.
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