A new study published in Aging Cell reveals a groundbreaking discovery for aging adults. By starting an exercise regimen, previously sedentary elderly individuals were able to not only improve their fitness but also maintain it for an impressive four years. The study highlights that physical activity is a powerful tool in the fight against aging, slowing down multiple processes and significantly enhancing quality of life.
The study, which used three widely recognized fitness metrics – the six-minute walk test, the 30-second chair stand, and the up-and-go test – demonstrated remarkable results. The group that participated in the exercise program, known as the Gerofit cohort, showed significant improvements across all measures. On the other hand, the AOA cohort, who did not engage in regular exercise, suffered a drastic decline.
Surprisingly, the Gerofit participants, who were initially sedentary, achieved remarkable improvements in their fitness levels over the course of a year. They defied the negative effects of aging, which were evident in another group. What’s even more impressive is that they maintained their fitness well into their later years.”
It’s never too late to get active! Physical activity is a powerful tool against aging. When done right, it can slow down the aging process and improve your quality of life. Don’t let age hold you back from reaping the benefits of exercise.
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Longitudinal analysis of physical function in older adults: The effects of physical inactivity and exercise training